DOT Says Keep Political Signs off Rights of Way

April 17, 2014

With election season in full swing, the Georgia Department of Transportation is cautioning political candidates and campaigns not to place signs on rights of way.

The DOT said Georgia law stipulates that the Department is required to maintain a safe roadway for the traveling public, which includes the immediate removal of any obstruction or hazard that may pose a threat to the traveling public.

The agency went on to say that any sign along Georgia’s state routes and interstates must meet safety standards and be permitted by Georgia DOT to be within the right of way.

Georgia DOT District Maintenance Engineer Bayne Smith said that as part of its routine maintenance work, the DOT will remove any and all signs from the right of way.

Smith said the right of way is defined as the strip of land over which facilities such as highways, railroads or power lines are built and maintained.
The DOT said signs that are removed from right of way by Department personnel will be held for a short while and then destroyed.

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