Signs in Right-of-Way Hazards
Written by Andrew-Rossi on June 27, 2018
The Wyoming Department of Transportation is seeing an increase in the number of signs placed in the highway right-of-way – and reminds residents that advertising signs cannot be placed there.
WYDOT area maintenance foreman Brian Pittman of Basin says their crews are having to remove more signs from fences or from the right-of-way itself. He says that Wyoming law and WYDOT policy prohibits placement of signs in those areas, adding that maintenance crews pick them up and take them to the area maintenance office. Whoever owns the sign has two weeks to claim the sign, and then they dispose of the sign.
Pittman says the signs can become problematic when they restrict line of sight, thereby creating a potential collision hazard.
Signs advertising for political candidates, real estate agents and garage sales are the most common signs Pittman says they see posted improperly. Political candidates, business people and citizens who believe their signs may have been removed by WYDOT crews may contact the nearest WYDOT maintenance office to make arrangements to pick up the signs.