Placing campaign signs and other unauthorized signs or objects in state highway rights of way is not allowed under state law, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. In addition, political signs may not be placed on private property outside of the right of way limits without landowner consent.
Highway rights of way include the driving lanes, inside and outside shoulders, ditches and sight corners at intersections.
MnDOT crews will remove any unlawfully placed signs and impound them at one of its local maintenance truck stations or another local site.
Violation of the law (Minn. Stat. 160.27) is a misdemeanor. Civil penalties also may apply if the placement of such material contributes to a motor vehicle crash and injures a person or damages a motor vehicle that runs off the road.
In addition, the Minnesota Outdoor Advertising Control Act (Minn. Stat. 173.15) prohibits placing advertising materials on public utility poles, trees and shrubs, and painting or drawing on rocks or natural features.
Political campaign signs are treated in the same way as any other signs or objects wrongly placed on state highway property by businesses, churches, private citizens, charitable groups or other organizations.
For information regarding the proper placement of campaign signs or where to find signs that have been removed, contact MnDOT’s Baxter office at 218.828.5700, or St. Cloud office at 320-223 6500.
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