According to a news release from the Ky Dept. of Transportation District 12 Office, workers will be conducting a sign removal “blitz” in the District 12 area beginning March 26 and running through March 30. Crews in the 7 counties of that makeup District 12 will blitz through each county to remove signs that are illegally installed on state property. It is illegal to place a sign on state right-of-way. It is also illegal to attach a sign to a structure already installed on state right-of-way. Highway workers have an ongoing directive to remove such signs from roadsides and intersections. District 12 includes Lawrence, Johnson, Floyd, Martin, Knott, Pike, and Letcher counties. Any and All signs, including political signs, will be removed. The only signs allowed on state property are state signs. District 12 officials stated that they are aware businesses and individuals sometimes invest a lot of money and work into such signs, but the fact is, they create safety problems, sight distance issues, and it is our responsibility to make the roads as safe as we can. They interfere with mowing and litter pickup, and recently have interfered with snow and ice removal. Officials said the signs removed will be kept at the nearest maintenance facility for about a month in case the owner wants them back so they can be put on private property. If people want to remove their own signs, rather than run the risk they will be damaged or destroyed when the state removes them that is their choice.
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