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NMDOT to remove signs on state road right-of-ways


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The state Department of Transportation, in a press release issued Wednesday, reminded residents, candidates and campaigns that state law prohibits any person from “placing, maintaining or displaying any unauthorized sign upon any highway.”

Especially during election years, signs are often posted on state road right-of-ways, according to the press release. New Mexico Criminal and Traffic Law 66-7-108, under the title “Display of Unauthorized Signs, Signals and Markings,” states specifically that no political sign postings are allowed on state-maintained right-of-ways, which are typically defined by fencing on rural routes and to the back of the curb on urban routes.

Signs that encroach on the right-of-way — including signs mounted to the fencing or signs/signal support posts — will be removed, the press release states.

NMDOT maintenance patrols are instructed to remove all signs, political or otherwise, that have been illegally placed within state road right-of-ways. Any item that impedes the roadway or right-of-way can be considered a safety issue to pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.

Anyone believing their signs have been removed and collected from a state road right-of-way by the department is welcome to contact a local NMDOT district office to collect the signs at an agreed-upon time and district location within two weeks, the press release states.

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The department does not guarantee the NMDOT will have the signs nor that they will be maintained in their original condition.