INDOT: Signs prohibited from state right-of-way

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – All signs are prohibited from federal and state highway rights-of-way, as by Indiana law. Encroaching signs in right-of-way areas can jeopardize public safety, according to INDOT.

The Indiana Department of Transportation said, as per Indiana Code 9-21-4-6, their personnel are empowered by state law to remove unauthorized signs, including real estate, advertising and political signage.

Right-of-way areas that must remain “sign-free” for the safety of the motoring public include:

•  All interstates and their interchanges
•  All intersections where at least one local, state or federal road intersects with a state or federal highway
•  All rights-of-way paralleling federal or state highways

NOTE: The right-of-way extends to the back of the ditch, to the fence line or up to utility poles. INDOT crews will not pull signs placed behind the ditch, fence line or beyond the public utility poles.

To reclaim signs that have been removed, call the INDOT West Central District at 888-924-6368 or stop by the closest local office during operation, from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Subdistrict offices are at the following locations:

• Cloverdale Subdistrict – NE quadrant of I-70 and U.S. 231, Cloverdale
• Crawfordsville Subdistrict – 251 W. 300 North, Crawfordsville
• Fowler Subdistrict – 600 S. Grant, Fowler
• Frankfort Subdistrict – 1675 W. State Road 28, Frankfort
• Terre Haute Subdistrict – I-70 and State Road 46, Terre Haute

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