Prior to my June 11, 2008 trial I am asking for some help contacting the Commonwealth of Virginia and Arlington County to request that they enforce the existing laws prohibiting illegal signs.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) operates the Adopt-a-Highway Program and wholeheartedly supports its volunteers in conducting their litter pickups. By law, and as a matter of VDOT policy, the Adopt-a-Highway volunteers are authorized to clear the highway right-of-way of all prohibited signs, including what are known as “Popsicle Signs”.
33.1-373 of the Highway laws of Virginia states, in part, that, “Any person who … puts, places or affixes any advisement upon or to any within the limits of any highway shall be assessed a civil penalty of $100. Each occurrence shall be subject to a separate penalty…Advertisements placed within the limits of the highway are hereby declared a public and private nuisance and may be forthwith removed, obliterated, or abated by the Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner or his representatives without notice.
33.1-369, 33.1-353 and others in 33.1 address this issue. Failure of VDOT to provide “effective control” of outdoor advertising on and off of state-rights-of-way would result in Federal Highway Administration invoking 23 U.S.C. 131 (b) and withhold $130 million of Virginia’s federal transportation apportionment annually.
Drive down any road in Northern Virginia and one can see “effective control” of illegal signs is not very effective.