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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are removing illegally placed items along state-maintained right of way areas. Political candidates, residents, business operators and property owners along US and KY routes are reminded no signage is allowed on right of ways other than official highway signs and items approved through a permit process.

In particular, as the November election approaches, campaign signs must be placed beyond right of way limits. Right of way fencing is included with this restriction. On roads with a right of way fence, no signs may be attached.

Final mowing cycles of the growing season will also soon begin. Crews will not mow around illegally placed items. They will be removed. Items placed on right of way areas create significant delays for mowing crews and are potential hazards for mowing operators and passing motorists.

Heading into fall, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet takes this opportunity to educate citizens on right of way issues in addition to election signs. The restriction often becomes a problem with regard to yard sales and real estate advertising. Illegally placed materials along roads can create additional hazards by blocking sight distance or distracting drivers, particularly at intersections. All yard sale activities including parking should be off right of way limits.

It is also illegal to attach items such as flyers, posters, balloons or streamers to stop signs, highway markers or any other road sign or utility pole. Illegal placement on utility poles presents additional obstacles and potential dangers for utility crew workers.

Removed items will be taken to each county’s KYTC maintenance facility and held for a month. Unclaimed materials will be trashed or recycled.

If you have questions related to legal/illegal sign placement, please get in touch with KYTC District 4 in Elizabethtown at 270-766-5066.

KYTC District 4 serves Breckinridge, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Hart, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Taylor and Washington counties.

"With nearly 3,000 miles of roadway to maintain, we greatly appreciate cooperation within each community regarding illegally placed items along right of way areas," said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 4 Public Information Officer Chris Jessie.