Political campaign signs not permitted on highway right of ways

Special to the Banner-News

The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) reminds candidates for political office and their supporters that it is unlawful to place campaign signs on highway right of ways in Arkansas.

"There are several Arkansas statutes addressing encroachment and the placing of signs or other objects on highway right of way," stated ARDOT Director Lorie Tudor.

Laws permit only official directional, informational and regulatory highway signs on state-owned highway property; the local ARDOT Area Maintenance Office removes all other signs.

ARDOT personnel will remove any "yard" signs placed on the right of way and will contact owners of large "billboard" signs to remove them. Owners can pick up the signs during normal business hours at the nearest ARDOT Area Maintenance Office.

"The Arkansas Department of Transportation encourages everyone to follow the right of way laws to keep the roadsides clear and ensure our highways are as safe as possible," Director Tudor said.

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