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Political Campaign Signs Not Allowed On State Highway Rights Of Way

08/13/2012 - 12:55 PM

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Political Campaign Signs Not Allowed On State Highway Rights Of Way

Placing campaign signs and unauthorized objects in state highway rights of way are banned in Minnesota. Highway rights of way include driving lanes, inside and outside shoulders, ditches and sight corners at intersections.

Campaign signs also may not be placed on private property outside of the right of way limits without the landowners consent. Violation of this law is a misdemeanor; however civil penalties may also apply if the placement of this material contributes to a motor vehicle crash and injures a person or damages a motor vehicle that runs off the road.

Political campaign signs are treated in the same way as any other signs wrongly placed on a state highway property by businesses, churches, private citizens or charitable groups.

To find out where proper placement of campaign signs can be place and where to find signs that have been removed, contact MnDOT's Baxter office at 218-828-5700 or their St. Cloud office at 320-223-6500.  You can also click here.

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