(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – With political campaign season under way, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) is reminding Alaskans of the laws regarding political advertising.
In 1998, Alaskans overwhelmingly voted to keep the state free from all signs or forms of outdoor advertising. This includes political advertising.
Below are two sections of Alaska Statutes pertaining to sign posting and/or advertising in the right-of-way of Alaska’s highways:
Campaign signs placed within the state’s road and highway rights-of-way are unauthorized encroachments under AS 19.25.200 -19.25.250 and may be removed by ADOT&PF crews without notification. Vehicles parked in rights-of-way that are used to display political advertisements are also prohibited and subject to removal.
AS 19.25.105(a) states, “Outdoor advertising may not be erected or maintained within 660 feet of the nearest edge of the right-of-way. …” If a sign is on commercial property but within 660 feet of the state’s right-of-way, ADOT&PF personnel may send a 30-day written notice requesting removal of the sign. This notice will be sent to the property owner and the candidate.
Campaign advertising is an important effort and expensive investment for all candidates. Many candidates and their volunteers may not realize the limitations of advertising in the rights-of-way or the exact locations of the rights-of-way.
To help make this clearer, ADOT&PF provides a list of regional roads and highways affected by right-of-way laws.
For questions about specific roads and highways in your region, please contact your local right-of-way office:
Central Region, Right-of-Way, Anchorage Office, (907) 269-0700
Northern Region, Right-of-Way, Fairbanks Office, (907) 451-5407
Southcoast Region, Right-of-Way, Juneau Office, (907) 465-2838
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 239 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 776 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”
# # #
|Main Newsroom Page|