Campaign signs can't be in highway right of way

Tri-City HeraldJune 30, 2014 

Campaign signs are not allowed in the state highway, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Typically, utility poles next to state highways are inside the right of way, so signs can't be posted between the pole and the highway.

If a fence separates the right of way from private property, signs can't be posted between the fence and the highway.

State law allows temporary political signs on private property visible from state highways as long as the property owner gives permission and the sign complies with state and local regulations.

Campaign signs on private property visible from the state highways must be removed within 10 days of the election.

Questions about boundary lines for a state highway right of way can be directed to: WSDOT Outdoor Advertising Specialist Pat O'Leary at or by calling 360-705-7296.

Make sure to have the state route number and the name of the nearest intersection or highway milepost.

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