FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2013
Contact: Delegate Dave Albo
Phone: (703) 451-3555
Fairfax County Allowed to Enforce Law on Road Signs
Springfield, VA— The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and VDOT finalized an agreement to remove illegal signs from local streets on Tuesday night, February 26, 2013. This agreement allows the County to clean up illegal signs and fine the offenders on behalf of VDOT in accordance with state code.
During the 2012 General Assembly, Delegate Dave Albo of the 42nd District passed House Bill 34. This bill changed the Virginia Code to make sure that all signs on the right of way of VDOT roads (e.g. on the sides of roads or in the median) were illegal. Previously advertisements were illegal on the roadways, but this bill incorporated all other signs including political signs into the law.
The problem with the law was that VDOT didn’t have the time, staff, or resources to clean up the signs and charge the offenders. With this new agreement, Fairfax County will be able to enforce the law on VDOT’s behalf and collect the fines to fund this cleanup effort.
Springfield Supervisor Pat Herrity has been an advocate for clearing the abundance of signs for over a year. “I am pleased we are taking the next step in keeping our roadways clean and safe and removing this blight in our community,” said Herrity.
“Not only is this a safety issue, but it is a quality of life issue. If you live near a neighborhood with 15 signs at intersection that say ‘We buy houses’ or ‘We clean gutters,’ it looks horrible and reduces our property values,” said Delegate David Albo (R-Fairfax).
This agreement between Fairfax County and VDOT passed with an 8-2 vote.