Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are removing illegal signs on state-right-of-ways in west Kentucky.
KYTC said in a release on Thursday that crews in District 2 have fielded complaints about illegal signs and have added the removal of signs to their list of maintenance activities as election season gets underway.
Any sign, regardless of purpose, is not allowed on state right-of-ways unless otherwise permitted, KYTC said. Highway crews are required by state law to remove them.
The signs will be held for 10 working days at the local state highway maintenance facility and may be picked up by a candidate or business representative with identification. They will be discarded after 10 days.
“These signs interfere with highway maintenance operations, create a safety hazard if hit by mowers and present a safety hazard for motorists by blocking the view of oncoming vehicles,” said KYTC District 2 spokesperson Keith Todd.
Utility poles and fence lines usually indicate the edge of a right-of-way. KYTC said in most limited or controlled access highways, the edge is indicated by a fence line. Any area that would normally be mowed by state crews or contractors in the summer is part of the right-a-away, even if the adjacent property owner mows the area.
In communities with curbs and gutters, signs should be kept behind sidewalks.