Keep campaign signs out of rights of way

The Indiana Department of Transportation reminds Hoosiers to keep campaign signs out of the state highway rights of way.

Campaign signs in a state highway right of way are prohibited by Indiana Code 9-21-4-6. Campaign signs are not permitted in state rights of way any time of the year, whether it is a primary or general election cycle. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the primary election date in Indiana has moved to June 2.

Areas that should remain sign-free include intersections, interchanges and rights of way that run parallel to highways, including medians, shoulders and roadside areas.

Where the right of way is not clearly marked, boundaries may be estimated as the fence line, the back of the ditch or behind utility poles.

INDOT personnel will remove campaign signs and other illegal signs from right of way — pursuant to code — as they are encountered in normal highway maintenance activities. Crews also may remove a specific sign if it presents an immediate safety risk, such as being too close to the roadway or creating a sight obstruction. Campaign signs placed off of the right of way will not be removed.

Removed signs will be taken to the nearest INDOT facility. They may be claimed by the owner between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for holidays. During the state’s stay-at-home order, however, signs will not be available for pickup.

To report signs placed in the right of way, contact INDOT customer service at or 855-463-6848.