INDOT reminds Hoosiers to Keep Campaign Signs out of Rights-of-Way

The Indiana Department of Transportation would like to remind Hoosiers to keep campaign signs out of the state highway rights-of-way.

Campaign signs in state highway right-of-way are prohibited by Indiana Code 9-21-4-6. Campaign signs are not permitted in state rights-of-way any time of the year, whether it is a primary or general election cycle.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the primary election date in Indiana has moved to June 2, 2020.

Areas that should remain sign-free include:

  • Intersections

  • Interchanges

  • Rights-of-way that run parallel to highways, including medians, shoulders and roadside areas

Where the right of way is not clearly marked, boundaries may be estimated as the fence line, the back of the ditch or behind utility poles.

INDOT personnel will remove campaign signs and other illegal signs from right-of-way—pursuant to code —as they are encountered in normal highway maintenance activities.

Crews may also remove a specific sign if it presents an immediate safety risk, such as being too close to the roadway or creating a sight obstruction. Campaign signs placed off the right-of-way will not be removed. Removed signs will be taken to the nearest INDOT facility. Campaign signs may be claimed by the owner between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for holidays.

To report signs placed in the right-of-way, contact INDOT customer service at http://www.indot4u.com or 1-855-463-6848.

In St. Joseph County, campaigns can contact 574-235-7800 to arrange a time to retrieve yard signs picked up from the rights-of-way.

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