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No campaign signs allowed along federal, state highways

Statement issued Wednesday:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) reminds all Hoosiers that campaign signs are prohibited from federal and state highway rights-of-way by Indiana Code 9-21-4-6. INDOT personnel are required by state law to remove all unauthorized signs within the state right-of-way. The right-of-way areas that must remain “sign-free” for the safety of the motoring public include:

• All interstates and their interchanges;

• All intersections where at least one local, state or federal road intersects with a state or federal highway; and

• All rights-of-way paralleling federal or state highways (the right-of-way extends to the back of the ditch, to the fence line or up to utility poles). INDOT crews will not pull signs placed behind the ditch or fence line, or beyond the public utility poles.

Removed signs will be saved at the nearest INDOT Subdistrict office. Candidates may reclaim signs between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, except for holidays:

• Fort Wayne Subdistrict, 5333 Hatfield Road, Fort Wayne, IN

• Elkhart Subdistrict, 58905 CR 9, Elkhart, IN

• Angola Subdistrict, 315 S. Gerald Lett Avenue, Angola, IN

• Bluffton Subdistrict, 2800 W. SR 124, Bluffton, IN

• Wabash Subdistrict, 1178 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, IN

The public or candidates can also call INDOT toll-free at 866-227-3555.

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