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Date Published: 2012-11-29

Contact: Damon Hodge

Phone: (702) 385-6509

Title: Roadside Political Signs Need to be Removed by Dec. 6

Story Text:

LAS VEGAS – The Nevada Department of Transportation is reminding politicians, political candidates and property owners that all political signs posted near state roads need to be removed by Dec. 6. Per state law, any political signs posted on private property within 660 feet of state roads must be removed within 30 days of the general election.

“It’s about safety,” NDOT Director Rudy Malfabon explained. “Signs that distract drivers, block the view of motorists, resemble official traffic signs or interfere with maintenance of our roadsides are not safe. And, after an election, we don’t want to run the risk of old political signs interfering in any way with road safety.”

State road right-of-way often extends beyond the roadside, fence line or sidewalk of interstates, freeways, highways and urban state roads or streets. More information is available by calling (775) 888-7000 or visiting “public involvement/sign rules and regulations” at NDOT's Website.

Future Political Seasons 

NDOT also reminds those who may be involved in future elections that political signs are not allowed on state road right-of-way. NDOT employees will carefully remove signs erected in the right of way and store them at the nearest NDOT maintenance station for retrieval by sign owner within 30 days.

Political signs less than 4 by 8 feet can be posted on private property next to state roads no more than 60 days before an election. Signs over that size require an NDOT permit. Local cities and counties may have additional guidelines regulating placement of political signs along roads.

NDOT strives to provide current information about construction schedules and highway and roadway restrictions and closures. Unscheduled restrictions and closures may occur and weather can impact work schedules. For the latest information on Nevada highway conditions, call 5-1-1 or log on to Nevada 5-1-1/NV Roads. For information about NDOT projects, log on to Current Projects and Programs. You can also follow the department on Facebook, on Twitter and on YouTube.

About NDOT 

Established in 1917, the Nevada Department of Transportation is responsible for the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of 5,400 miles of highway and more than 1,000 bridges comprising the state highway system. NDOT’s mission is to provide a better transportation system for Nevada through unified and dedicated efforts. The department is divided into three districts. The districts are responsible for supervising all state transportation activities within their local areas. NDOT’s headquarters is located in Carson City; district offices are in Las Vegas, Reno and Elko. NDOT is overseen by a seven-member directors’ board and run by senior staff. Visit NDOT's Website for more information.