BAXTER -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding residents that state law prohibits the placement of unauthorized signs and other objects on state highway right-of-way.
Highway right-of-way is defined as the driving lanes, inside and outside shoulders, ditches from slope to slope, clear zone and sight corners at intersections. In addition, signs and other items may not be placed on private property outside of the right-of-way limits without landowner consent.
Encroachment of highway right-of-way is considered a misdemeanor violation, punishable by a maximum $700 fine and/or 90 days in jail.
MnDOT personnel will remove all signs within the right-of-way without notice. This procedure is done in an impartial manner so that all sign removals are treated equally, whether they are political, business, non-profit organization, or private citizen.
For information regarding roadway regulations, right-of-way boundaries, or where to find removed materials, contact the MnDOT office in Baxter at (218) 828-2464.
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