Rick Little with ODOT reports they’ve been plucking up a good number of political signs along state highway rights of way. Little says general elections involving a race for U.S. President seems to bring out more signs. He says ODOT crews have been on the lookout for signs within street, road and public rights of way. Here’s a quick primer on political sign placement:
The biggest concern with signs along a highway is safety. Signs can obstruct views and create distractions for motorists.
With all elections, but especially a Presidential Election, a proliferation of signs takes on increased scrutiny. If a political sign is in the ODOT right of way, we will remove it immediately if it’s a safety concern. If it does not pose an immediate safety concern, we’ll contact the campaign and ask for the sign’s removal. If the sign is not removed promptly, we’ll remove it. We always store signs confiscated from the ODOT right of way for 30 days at the District Headquarters. If the signs are not retrieved by then, we’ll destroy them.
Signs are prohibited on trees, utility poles, fence posts and natural features within the highway right of way. They are also prohibited within view of a designated scenic area.
In addition to signs in the ODOT right of way, there are rules affecting temporary political signs placed on private property visible from state highways.
–New signs are limited to 12 square feet.
–No flashing or intermittent lights, animated or moving parts are allowed.
–Signs must not imitate an official highway sign or device.
–Signs are not allowed in scenic corridors.
Checking with the county clerk’s office, they said that information is available on how to check where political signs can be placed relative to public rights of way along city, county and state roadways and highways.