Inauguration Day might not be until January but as far as the State Department of Transportation is concerned, the election is over.
People who live next to state highways need to get rid of political signs.
State law requires property owners take down temporary political signs 10 days following the election. This year, that means last Saturday.
Any signs other than those used for traffic control are prohibited within the state right-of-way at all times. Utility poles are generally located in right-of-way areas. There may be a fence-line separating private property from public, and if a sign is on the roadside of that fence, it probably shouldn’t be there.
Officials said landowners can check with their regional transportation office if they aren’t sure if the land near them is a right-of-way. For Snohomish County, the number to call is 206-440-4394. Officials will want to know the state route number and the nearest intersection or milepost.
Reporter Debra Smith: 425-339-3197 or email@example.com.