Political signs not allowed on highway right of way
July 23, 2002 (Release 02-083)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News Contact: Stan Whitley, (785) 296-3585
Itís a sign of the times Ė campaigning to support your favorite candidate. However, if your plans involve placing a political sign, the Kansas Department of Transportation advises the public to make sure itís 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 stateís 9,600-mile system.
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 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 signs not picked up will be disposed of after the election.
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.