Facts to know Illegal signs, objects on state right of way
Houston County Courier
It is illegal to place a sign or object on a public road or right of way unless authorized by state law. “Sign” is defined as any outdoor sign, display, light device, figure, painting, drawing, message, plaque, or other thing that is designed, intended, or to advertise or inform. Such signs are not allowed on state highway right of way, which is reserved for official traffic control signs. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) may immediately and without prior notice remove an unauthorized sign or object erected, placed, or maintained, in whole or in part, on state highway right of way. If a traffic hazard exists, the sign will be removed as soon as practical and the owner can be charged for removal costs. If a sign permitted under the Transportation Code 392.031, (Signs on State Highway Right of Way (advertising signs), encroaches on state highway right of way, the department will notify the sign’s owner of the encroachment and request that the encroachment is remedied. Removed signs are stored at local maintenance offices pending disposal or return to the rightful owner. The department will notify the owner of all removal costs and the procedures for retrieving the removed sign(s). The department may dispose of a removed sign unless it is claimed by the owner within 10 days after the date of removal or the date notice is mailed in accordance with notification requirements, whichever is later. If the owner fails to remit all costs, the department may refer the matter to the Office of the Attorney General for collection. Texas is subject to the Federal Highway Beautifi-cation Act of 1965. Under the federal law, if the state fails to control signage visible from interstate and other federally-funded highways, Texas may be subject to sanctions of up to 10 percent of its federal transportation construction funds.