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MDOT Sends Reminder on Political Signs

As campaign signs again begin appearing along state highways, the Michigan Department of Transportation is reminding political candidates and property owners that political signs must conform to state regulations for placement. MDOT Director Kirk T. Steudle says they want to make sure these signs do not become safety hazards by impeding anyone’s vision or creating a dangerous distraction. Signs must be placed more than 30 feet from the edge of the roadway on highways without barrier-type curbs. On highways with barrier curbs, the signs must be more than 3 feet from the back of the curb. Signs are not allowed within clear vision areas at intersections or commercial driveways, or within limited-access rights of way. Any signs with either steel or wooden posts that do not meet MDOT safety standards are not allowed in the right of way. Candidates are responsible for obtaining approval from adjacent property owners before placing signs. Campaign signs that do not meet these criteria will be removed. Candidates can pick up any removed signs at local MDOT offices and maintenance garages. Signs not claimed within seven days of their removal will be discarded.

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