14 October 2014
VDOT will remove political and other signs placed in its right-of-way, according to VDOT acting communications manager Stacy Londrey.
The Virginia Department of Transportation recently went to remove several signs from Rt. 53 by Turkeysag Trail after receiving a citizen complaint.
Londrey reminded residents that placing signs in the right-of-way is against the law.
“We can’t have anything in the right-of-way that blocks people from being able to see and affects safety,” said Londrey. “The right-of-way has to be a clear zone, and crews will remove signs when they see them.”
“These signs are distracting,” said Lake Monticello resident Julius Neelley, who reported to VDOT the presence of a large sign on stakes surrounded by smaller signs on Rt. 53 by Turkeysag Trail. “It’s a shame that people just stick these signs in the ground. It’s a beautiful county with all these landscapes – why pollute it with these signs? They’re kind of like trash.”
Any kind of sign, be it political, business, or event-related, must be located on private property. Violators may be fined $100 per sign, Londrey said. “Everybody loves enterprising businesses promoting their business in this county,” Neelley said, “but if they were fined $100 like they should be for every one of these little signs, they’d be losing money.”