Every election cycle, travelers begin to see a campaign signs sprout up along roadways and the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) reminds candidates and supporters it is illegal to place signs in the right-of-way or on utility poles.
A clear right-of-way helps maintain the safety of the traveling public and highway workers. Illegally placed signs could limit visibility. Signs with steel or wooden posts could cause injuries if a motorist leaves the roadway.
Signs nailed or stapled to wooden utility poles are a danger to utility workers.
The width of public road and highway right-of-way varies by location and can extend over 300 feet from the centerline of driving lanes. The right-of-way is typically larger at intersections where larger sight lines are needed.
Candidates and supporters can contact their local MDOT maintenance office for more information about rights-of-way rules, regulations boundaries along particular stretches of state highways and roads.