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MO, KY transportation crews remove illegally placed signs

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has been removing advertising signs, mostly political, that were illegally placed on state right of way. They fear it may cause road safety hazards. (Source: KYTC/Facebook) The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has been removing advertising signs, mostly political, that were illegally placed on state right of way. They fear it may cause road safety hazards. (Source: KYTC/Facebook)
KENTUCKY (KFVS) - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet say they have been removing advertising signs that are illegally placed.

They say putting the signs on Kentucky state highway right of way is against the law because it interferes with highway maintenance operations and can create safety hazards for drivers. This includes signs attached to utility poles within the state right of way.

Despite it being illegal, KYTC said an increasing number of improperly placed signs have appeared in recent weeks.

They say many are political signs promoting candidates who will be on the ballot in November.

Personnel are removing the signs. They say signs that interfere with mowing or maintenance activity will be targeted, along with signs that impede sight distance for drivers or pose other safety hazards.

According to KYTC, all signage should be behind sidewalks. In areas without sidewalks, all signs should be behind the ditch line and outside areas commonly mowed or maintained by highway crews.

On four-lane highways with controlled or limited access, no signs should be placed on the highway side of the fence line or the fence.

"When our employees take down illegal signs, they are simply doing their jobs as required by law," said KYTC Dist. 1 Chief Engineer Mike McGregor. "We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of the public."

Any signs removed will be kept for five working days at the state highway garage in the county where they were picked up.

Candidates, campaign or business representatives may reclaim their signs during that period by providing identification and filling out a claim form. After one week, the signs will be discarded.

The Missouri Department of Transportation and officers with the Cape Girardeau police department say they will do the same if and when it starts happening again for this election.

MoDOT said signs that are too close to the road can limit visibility, could be an obstacle to avoid in the case of an emergency or could prevent proper maintenance of the road.

Cities like Cape Girardeau have ordinances about campaign signs and Officer Darin Hickey said there is a reason for that.

"Safety is the number issue," Officer Hickey said. "We have to make sure the signs are in a safe location for travelers and pedestrians walking down the sidewalk."

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