Political Signs Can't Be Placed On State Highway Right Of Way
June 21, 2000 (Release 00-100)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News Contact: Stan Whitley, (785) 296-3585
It's a sign of the times - campaigning to support your
favorite candidate. However, if your plans involve placing a
political sign for the upcoming primary election, the Kansas
Department of Transportation advises the public to make sure
it's not located on highway right of way.
By law, all right of way on state highways is to be used
exclusively for public highway purposes. Only uniform-marking
guides and warning signs for identifying routes are allowed on
the state highway system. KDOT has jurisdiction over all
Interstate, Kansas and U.S. routes on the state's 9,600-mile
The public should be aware that any and all signs or
billboards are prohibited on the state right of way.
When KDOT maintenance crews find political advertising on
state right of way, the signs will be removed immediately without
notice. Signs will then be taken to the closest KDOT sub-area
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 signs not picked up will be disposed of after the
Political campaign advertising is allowed on private property
bordering state right of way. However, people erecting signs on
private property near the highways must first obtain permission
from the property owner.
This page last updated 07/24/00