Deadline looms to remove campaign signs
November 8, 2011
Relief is in sight for local motorists and residents tired of seeing signs for City Council, Issaquah School Board and other political candidates.
Though the ballot count continues, Election Day is done, 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. 18 — or 10 days after the election.
Issaquah rules call for campaign signs to be removed by Nov. 15, or within a week after Election Day. City Code Compliance Officer Michele Forkner starts to round up rogue signs after the deadline passes.
Besides council and school board candidates, contenders for the Port of Seattle Commission — and even Sammamish City Council hopefuls — planted signs around Issaquah. The usual hotspots included the cluttered intersections at either end of Northwest Gilman Boulevard: Front Street North and state Route 900.
Illegal signs can limit drivers’ sight distance and litter the roadside.
Only signs used for traffic control can be used inside the state 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.
Tossing the signs poses a challenge, too. Manufacturers claim corrugated plastic sign material is recyclable, although no local haulers accept the material.