Yank political signs from city and state roadsides soon

November 5, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 9:30 a.m. Nov. 5, 2010

Relief is in sight for motorists tired of seeing signs touting Patty Murray, Dino Rossi and a host of other political candidates.

Though the ballot count continues, Election Day is history, and the deadline to yank political signs from along state highways and city streets looms.

Under state law, property owners must remove temporary political signs visible from state highways by Nov. 12.

Issaquah rules call for campaign signs to be removed within a week of Election Day, or Nov. 9. City Code Compliance Officer Michele Forkner starts to round up rogue signs after the deadline passes.

Illegal signs can limit drivers’ sight distance and litter the roadside. For temporary signs along state highways, the placards must be removed within 10 days after the election, reach a maximum size of 32 square feet in area, and must meet any local regulations as well.

Only signs used for traffic control can be used inside the state right of way. Use the following clues to help find a right of way:

Utility poles can typically be found inside the right of way, so no signs can be added between the pole and the state highway.

Many locations also have a fence line separating the right of way from private property, so no signs can be added between the fence and the state highway.

Landowners can also check boundary lines by contacting the DOT outdoor advertising specialist, Pat O’Leary, at olearyp@wsdot.wa.gov or 360-705-7296. Be prepared to provide the state route number and the name of the nearest intersection or milepost.

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