Even though the primary election is over, many more campaign signs will be popping up all over the state. Mary Jo Oie is the spokesperson for the Nebraska Department of roads and she wants to remind everyone it is illegal to put campaign signs on state highway right-of-way.
“A great amount of campaign signs or informational signs going up and any of those signs on the state’s highway right-of-way are illegal.”
Oie says the right-of-way sometimes can be difficult to detect.
“The state right-of-way is the area right off the shoulder of any of our state highways and often times, sometimes in the urban area; it might be a little difficult to know where that is because it isn’t always a grass right-of-way. It might be concrete and may go into the parking lot of a business.”
Oie says it isn’t only campaign signs. This is prime time for garage sales and events. These signs are also prohibited.
“To sell their cars or perhaps people may have wares they are trying to sell or advertise a garage sale. These kinds of things. The signs need to be on private property.”
Oie says this area is also off limits when it comes to putting up commercial or private business stands.
“That does include people putting up stands, whether selling rugs or flags or produce. Anything that is authorized will have a permit.”
Maintenance crews of the Department of Roads will remove these signs that are placed within the right-of-way. They will be kept for a brief period of time and can be reclaimed by owners.
The right-of-way law also applies to planting or harvesting operations, parked equipment or salvage items or vehicles that are for sale.