The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) reminds political candidates that campaign signs are not permitted on state highway right-of-way.
To maintain traffic safety, the following rules govern the placement of signs.
– It is illegal to place signs within the right-of-way on state highways. The width of highway rights-of-way varies by location and includes the driving lanes, shoulders, mowed areas and potentially may reach distances of 300 feet or more from the centerline of the driving lanes.
– Keeping the right-of-way clear prevents safety hazards and interference with traveling public along roadways.
– Signs with steel or wooden posts pose potential hazards which may cause harm to roadside workers, damage to roadside equipment and become projectiles if hit by mowers.
– Illegally placed campaign signs contribute to our state’s $3.2 million litter problem spoiling Mississippi’s natural beauty.
– Signs are not permitted within areas used for clear vision at intersections so they will not interfere with the sight distance of a driver. No signs are allowed in limited access rights-of-way. Typically, the right-of-way is larger near roadway intersections.
– Any illegally placed signs will be removed. Signs removed by MDOT crews will be kept for two weeks at a local MDOT maintenance facility, then discarded. Candidates may retrieve signs from MDOT without penalty.
For more information, call 601-359-7074 or visit GoMDOT.com.