With statewide campaigns just around the corner, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) officials are reminding residents about rules regarding political signs.

For example, signs are prohibited on trees, utility poles, fence posts and natural features within a highway right of way. Signs are also prohibited within view of a designated scenic area.

Temporary signs can restrict sight distances at intersections, interfere with maintenance work and present a safety hazard.

“Campaign signs, as well as yard sale signs and other unauthorized notices, are not allowed to be placed on a state highway right of way,” said Luci Moore, ODOT’s maintenance and operations engineer. “Our crews will remove the signs and store them for 30 days.”

State right of way width varies, stretching from curb-to-curb within some cities to 200 or more feet beyond the pavement in other locations.

If you are uncertain whether you’re placing a sign on private property or within a highway right of way, call 971-673-6200 for information.

“Our employees are trying to reduce distractions, and when they remove illegally placed signs, they are simply doing their jobs,” Moore said. “We appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation.”

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