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Illegally placed signs are being removed, mowing underway

KYTC officials remind everyone no yard sale, auction, business or any other sign is allowed on state maintained right of way areas. Such signs must be placed beyond right of way limits. Right of way fence is included in this restriction. On roads with a right of way fence, no signs may be attached.
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By Chris JessiePublic Information Officer
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 4

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (5 May 2017) - Contractors are now mowing on right of way areas of KTYC maintained roads. Residents, business operators and property owners along US and KY routes are reminded Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews have authority and are removing signs along state maintained right of way areas.

Additionally, KYTC officials take this opportunity to remind everyone no yard sale, auction, business or any other sign is allowed on state maintained right of way areas. Such signs must be placed beyond right of way limits. Right of way fence is included in this restriction. On roads with a right of way fence, no signs may be attached.

Regarding advertising/promotional materials
In addition to being an obstacle for mowing crews, illegally placed materials along roads can create hazards by blocking sight distance or distracting drivers, particularly at intersections.

It is also illegal to attach items such as flyers, posters, balloons or streamers to stop signs, highway markers or any other road sign or utility pole. Illegal placement on utility poles presents additional obstacles and potential dangers for utility crew workers.

In a current advertising trend, billboards attached to semi-trailers continue popping up around the district. Anyone utilizing this method of placing billboards should be aware that federally regulated routes, such as interstates and parkways, restrict billboards. Some US and KY routes are federally funded and also have restrictions.

Regarding yard sales
As a participant or a passing motorist, safety should be a top priority. Setting a yard sale on right of way is illegal. These areas are used as safety zone buffers for motorists and they provide a clear view of vehicles entering, exiting and traveling on our roads. When objects block right of way areas, line of sight is reduced and crashes become more likely. Yard sales must be positioned beyond right of way limits.

Consider parking. If you are setting up a yard sale, think about where parking can be safely achieved. If you are attending a yard sale, do not park your vehicle where you block other motorists from seeing clearly and do not park your vehicle where you are too close to traffic.

Motorists should be highly aware of surroundings. Just like in a construction zone, pay close attention when traveling through an area where multiple yard sales are taking place. Don't allow electronic devices to be a distraction. Slow down and be on the lookout for pedestrians.

Taking these simple steps can greatly reduce the risk of vehicle crashes and pedestrian strikes.

Regarding removed items
Removed items will be taken to each county's KYTC maintenance facility and held for a month. Unclaimed materials will be trashed or recycled.

If you have questions related to legal/illegal sign placement, please get in touch with the KYTC District 4 office using the contact information below.

KYTC District 4 serves Breckinridge, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Hart, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Taylor and Washington counties. With nearly 3,000 miles of roadway to maintain, we greatly appreciate cooperation within each community regarding illegally placed signs.

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