It's summer now, but soon it will be election season.
Primary elections are in August and the general election is in November.
That means political road signs are coming.
Before it gets out of hand, James Harris, Superintendent of Operations for the Dickinson County Road Commission, is announcing the proper, legal procedures for placing candidates' signs.
That's a good idea. We hear political signage complaints every election. Candidates and their supporters should heed experts' advice.
"I thought that this would be good information to share before the upcoming election," Harris said. "It works out better for everyone involved if political signs are properly placed."
"Signs that are properly placed don't interfere with sight vision or mowing operations and will not have to be removed by Road Commission or MDOT employees, as the removal of the signs can cause frustration to the individuals/groups that improperly placed them," he said.
The policy of the Dickinson County Road Commission calls for:
- The placement of political signs adjacent to County Roads must be placed a minimum of 14 feet from the outside edge of the shoulder of the roadway.
- Political signs shall not be placed within the "clear vision" areas of intersections that will interfere with safety.
- All political signs must be removed from the county right-of-way within 10 days after the election.
- The Road Commission reserves the right to remove any sign which has not been placed in accordance with this policy.
Additionally, the Michigan Department of Transportation is reminding political candidates and property owners that political signs must conform to state regulations for placement.
"As the next election approaches, we're beginning to see more improperly placed political signs along our state highways," said Michigan State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "Our primary concern is safety, and we want to make sure these signs do not become safety hazards by impeding anyone's vision or creating a dangerous distraction."
Signs must be placed more than 30 feet from the edge of the roadway (or from the white line along the edge) on highways without barrier-type curbs.
On highways with barrier curbs, the signs must be more than 3 feet from the back of the curb.
Signs are not allowed within clear vision areas at intersections or commercial driveways, or within limited-access rights of way. Any signs with either steel or wooden posts that do not meet Michigan Department of Transportation safety standards are not allowed in the right of way.
Candidates are responsible for obtaining approval from adjacent property owners before placing signs. Signs must be removed within 10 days after the election.
Campaign signs that do not meet these criteria will be removed.
Candidates can pick up any removed signs at local Michigan Department of Transportation offices and maintenance garages
- For safety, political signs must conform to state regulations for placement.
- Signs are not allowed within clear vision areas at intersections or commercial driveways.
- Signs must be placed more than 30 feet from the edge of the roadway (or from the white line along the edge) on highways without barrier-type curbs.
- On highways with barrier curbs, signs must be more than 3 feet from the back of the curb.