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June 7, 2013

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Unauthorized signs and objects not allowed on state highway rights of way

 

 

BAXTER, Minn. -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds citizens that placing unauthorized signs and other objects on state highway rights of way is illegal and can be dangerous.

 

No signs or objects in the hwy right of way graphic."With warm weather arriving, there is a significant increase in advertising signs and items for sale placed illegally along state roadways," said Mark Renn, MnDOT's roadway regulations supervisor in St. Cloud.

Placing signs or objects in highway rights of way is a misdemeanor violation with a maximum $1,000 fine and/or 90 days in jail. Highway rights of way include driving lanes, shoulders, ditches, clear zones and sight corners at intersections.

 

State law also says that items may not be placed on private property outside of the right of way limits but in proximity to a roadway without consent of the landowner.

"Illegally placed signs and objects can distract and restrict the visibility of drivers in many situations, especially at intersections," said Rich Munch, MnDOT's roadway regulations supervisor in the Baxter. “They are also a hazard to legal users of the right of way, including people using ATVs and crews working on utilities.”

MnDOT crews will remove all signs within the right of way without notice.

Larger objects often placed illegally in the right of way include automobiles,  boats and motors, campers, travel trailers, produce stands and large hay bales. These objects are extremely hazardous if a vehicle runs off the road and strikes it.

For information regarding roadway regulations, right of way boundaries, or where to find removed materials, please contact:

  • Rich Munch at the Baxter office at 218-828-5777 or toll free 1-800-657-3971
  • Mark Renn at the St. Cloud office at 320-223-6522, toll free 1-800-657-3961

 

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