Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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April 15, 2014

Illegal signs will be removed

Political campaign signage is prohibited from federal and state highway rights of way, according to Indiana Code 9-21-4-6.

“It’s against the law. And it’s a cause for numerous complaints from residents and passersby in southeast Indiana,” noted Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Harry Maginity.

INDOT personnel are charged by law with removing all unauthorized signs within state rights of way. That should be good news for callers to the Seymour District Customer Service Desk who have recently complained about an increase in political signs along state highways as May 6’s primary election day approaches.

Removal of campaign signs and other illegal postings from rights of way is being done by INDOT subdistrict crews while pursuing normal maintenance activities. Individual signs causing immediate safety risks (too close to the road or creating a sight obstruction) are specifically targeted.

The areas that must remain “sign-free” include all interstates and their interchanges; all intersections where at least one local, state or federal road intersects with a state or federal highway; and all rights of way paralleling federal or state highways.

Where a right of way is not clearly marked, it may be estimated as the back of the ditch, to the fence line or up to utility poles.

Removed signs are taken to the nearest INDOT subdistrict office, where they can be re-claimed by their owners between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Persons with questions may contact the INDOT Seymour District Customer Service Desk at 877-305-7611 or ecommunications@indot.in.gov.

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