Political signs illegal on state rights-of-way


May 3, 2019

JACKSON, MISS. – The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) reminds political candidates that campaign signs are not permitted on state highway right-of-way. To maintain traffic safety, the following rules govern the placement of signs:

  • According to Section 63-3-317 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 Annotated, it is illegal to place signs within the right-of-way on state highways.

  • The width of highway right-of-way varies by location and includes the driving lanes, shoulders and mowed areas; the right-of-way can potentially reach distances of 300 feet or more from the center-line of driving lanes.

  • Keeping the right-of-way clear prevents safety hazards and interference with the traveling public along roadways.

  • Signs with steel or wooden posts pose potential hazards that may cause harm to roadside workers, may damage roadside equipment and may become projectiles if hit by mowers.

  • Signs are not permitted within areas necessary for clear vision at intersections; signs must not interfere with the sight distance of a driver.

  • No signs are allowed in limited access right-of-way.

  • Typically, the right-of-way is larger near roadway intersections.

  • Any illegally placed signs will be removed.

  • Signs removed by MDOT crews will be kept for two weeks at a local MDOT maintenance facility before being discarded.

  • Candidates may retrieve signs from MDOT without penalty.

  • Illegally placed campaign signs contribute to our state's $3.2 million litter problem that spoils Mississippi's natural beauty.

  • For information about right-of-way distances in specific areas along a state-maintained highway, call your local MDOT maintenance facility.

For more information, call 601-359-7074 or visit GoMDOT.com.

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