Political signs not allowed on highway right of way

The Herald Staff

Campaign signs all over the place are a sign of the season.

Political signs are prohibited on state highway rights of way, Kansas Department of Transportation officials said.

By law, all right of way on state highways is to be used exclusively for public highway purposes, officials said. Only regulatory, guide signs and warning signs are allowed on the state highway system. KDOT has jurisdiction over all interstate, Kansas and U.S. routes on the state’s 9,500-mile system.

When KDOT maintenance crews find political or business advertising on state right of way, the signs will be removed immediately without notice, officials said. All such signs will then be taken to the closest KDOT subarea office, where they can be picked up by the owner with the agreement they will not be placed on state right of way again. All political campaign signs not picked up will be disposed of after the election.

Political campaign advertising is allowed on private property bordering state right of way, officials said. However, people erecting signs on private property must first obtain permission from the property owner.