Statement as issued Friday morning:
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) reminds Hoosiers that all signs are prohibited from Federal and State highway rights-of-way, as per Indiana Code 9-21-4-6. INDOT personnel are empowered by state law to remove unauthorized signs, including real estate, advertising and political signage, 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, fence line or beyond the public utility poles.
Signs that have been removed will be saved at the nearest INDOT Subdistrict office. To reclaim signs, owners should call their local office for hours of operation. Subdistrict offices are at the following locations:
• Fort Wayne Subdistrict, 5333 Hatfield Road, Fort Wayne, IN; (260) 484-9541
• Elkhart Subdistrict, 58905 CR 9, Elkhart, IN; (574) 294-3143
• Angola Subdistrict, 315 S. Gerald Lett Avenue, Angola, IN; (260) 665-9506
• Bluffton Subdistrict, 2800 W. SR 124, Bluffton, IN; (260) 694-6558
• Wabash Subdistrict, 1178 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, IN; (260) 563-0681
INDOT encourages motorists to slow down and pay special attention while traveling in work zones throughout Indiana. For the latest news and information about INDOT, please visit www.in.gov/indot and www.trafficwise.in.gov. Contact the Fort Wayne District toll free at (866) 227-3555.