Campaign and other temporary advertising signage illegally placed on state highway rights of way will be removed to maintain safety. According to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials, signs show up along state highways in greater numbers in the month prior to an election.
“We see a lot of signs placed along state right of way this time of year. Political signs and other advertising signs can block the view of drivers at intersections as they watch for oncoming traffic. Wires that support typical yard signs create a special safety hazard for highway mowing crews because they can become airborne when hit by a mower,” said Kevin McClearn, chief district engineer for KYTC District 2, headquartered in Madisonville.
McClearn says illegal signs costs Kentucky taxpayers when highway personnel have to spend time picking up signs ahead of mowing crews.