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Posted on: September 9, 2020

Commission, Sheriff remind residents to keep signs out of right-of-way

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SPRINGFIELD, OH (Sept. 9, 2020) ─ The Board of Clark County Commissioners and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that it is prohibited by state law to place signs within right-of-way on both county and state roadways.

Prohibited signs include political/campaign, employment opportunities, real estate, items for sale or garage sale signs, among others. The highway right-of-way is roughly the area from the road to the power or telephone poles and can vary. In Clark County, residents can check the amount of right-of-way near property at the Clark County Auditor’s Office website, said Clark County Engineer John Burr. 

The most frequent illegal signs placed in the right-of-way are for political candidates, as well as advertisements with toll-free phone numbers. Signs in the right-of-way may cause undue safety hazards and obstruct motorist’s clear line of sight while traveling, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Signs in the right-of-way may be removed by ODOT and county maintenance crews and can be picked up in the ODOT county garage or Clark County Engineer’s Garage depending on the right of way where they were found.

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Media contact: Michael Cooper, Public Information Officer, 937-521-2031

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