Many signs near highways illegal

Signs such as those promoting garage sales and special events along state highways are illegal and the Minnesota Department of Transportation says they can distract drivers and obstruct their vision.

“With summer right around the corner, we are already seeing an increase in advertising signs and items for sale placed illegally along state highways to attract the attention of passing motorists,” said Steve Lund, MnDOT’s state maintenance engineer.

Placing a sign on highway right of way may produce a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 90 days in jail. Some signs on private property, but near a highway, also may be illegal.

MnDOT reports its crews will remove signs within the right of way without notice.

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