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Reminder: Political signs are barred from state highway right of ways

TOPEKA – With election season kicking into gear, signs promoting various candidates will soon start sprouting like thistles.

Where better to promote a favorite political pick than a highway where hundreds of people will see the sign daily?

Kansas Department of Transportation on Friday put out a friendly reminder that those signs cannot be places on the public right of ways adjacent to the 9,600 miles of roads the state maintains.

“The public should be aware that all political campaign signs or billboards are prohibited on the state right of way,” the department said in a written release.

“When KDOT maintenance crews find political or business advertising on state right of way, the signs will be removed immediately without notice,” the release continued.

The signs can be picked up later at Transportation Department offices. Any unclaimed signs will be disposed of after the election, the department said.

Political supporters may erect signs on private property bordering state highways after receiving permission from the property owners.