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I – 75 Billboard Ban

October 23rd, 2009 by flanews

The Florida Department of Transportation wants to clean up Interstate 75 from the Georgia Stateline to Wildwood.

There are more than 900 billboards on I-75 out of compliance with the state’s sign laws. The state wants to purchase some of the signs and take them down. There are also plans to work with billboard owners to allow them to keep some of their signs by scaling them down to bring them into compliance. DOT Office of Right of Way Director John Garner said the plan is to make the road more attractive to visitors.

“We’re focusing our efforts to those areas that are very sensitive to manmade structures such as horse farms, open fields, open pastures; which are very sensitive to having structures block the motorists’ view of those areas. So we’re trying to work on those areas, remove the obstructions from those areas first,” said Garner.

The project is still going through the development process and still needs approval from the Federal Highway Administration. The administration could rule as early as November. If approved the project would take an estimated three years to complete.

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