WYDOT warns against signs in right-of-way; Message aimed at political candidates, real estate reps and garage sales

WYDOT warns against signs in right-of-way; Message aimed at political candidates, real estate reps and garage sales

SWEETWATER COUNTY — The Wyoming Department of Transportation would like to remind political candidates, real estate representatives and residents advertising garage sales that posting signage along roadways is illegal within the right-of-way of interstate and rural highways.

However, campaign signs can be placed within WYDOT’s right-of-way only in incorporated cities and towns where permitted. Wyoming Statute 22-25-115 states that campaign advertising may only be placed in the state’s right-of-way within a municipality, and then only if the municipality has passed an ordinance allowing such placement.

Wyoming Statute 24-10-104 states that outdoor advertising must also meet certain conditions for placement. One of those conditions refers to the placement of signs advertising the sale or lease of the property upon which they are located. However any signage, such as garage sales or advertising, is illegal within the WYDOT right-of-way. Fines and even jail time can be inflicted on those who don’t comply with the law.

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Otherwise, signage is prohibited from the right of way on the interstate and on rural highways. Likewise, it’s illegal to put political or advertising signs on state property.

According to WYDOT, the purpose of sign restrictions is to keep the road ways clear so that drivers are not distracted and have a clear line of sight.

Since the department views signs on the state’s right of way as a safety hazard, they will remove the signs immediately without notifying the candidate, agent, resident or political campaign. Those whose signs have been removed can retrieve them by calling the Department of Transportation district maintenance offices at 352-3000 to schedule a time to pick them up.

If the campaign doesn’t contact the department within a week, WYDOT crews will dispose of the signs.

“Our concern is always for the safety of the traveling public,” District 3 Engineer John Eddins said.

For more information on your local WYDOT office, road construction, closures and weather conditions, please visit http://www.dot.state.wy.us.