TxDOT REMINDS CITIZENS, CANDIDATES NOT TO POST SIGNS IN HIGHWAY RIGHT OF WAY
Published 4:31 pm Monday, February 8, 2016
BEAUMONT – Political elections are usually accompanied by an increase in the number of campaign signs placed along roadways this time of year. State transportation officials want to make sure citizens and candidates are aware of the laws regulating sign placement on state highway right of way.
Under Texas law, it is a class C misdemeanor to place any kind of sign on state highway right of way. This includes posting signs on trees, utility poles, traffic signs and other objects on the right of way. The penalty for violating this law is a fine of up to $500 per sign.
It is legal to place a campaign sign on private property adjacent to state highways with landowners’ permission. Restrictions require that signs be constructed of lightweight material and limited to 50 square feet in size. Signs may be placed as early as 90 days prior to an election and must be removed within 10 days after an election.
TxDOT officials say the laws are intended to reduce clutter along highways so that official traffic control signs and vehicles approaching intersections are clearly visible for the safety of all the traveling public.
TxDOT’s regulatory authority allows the immediate removal of a sign placed on state highway right of way without prior notice if the sign is not authorized by state law or approved by the department. Signs posing potential safety hazards will be removed as soon as possible.