For Immediate Release: September 8, 2017
(JUNEAU, Alaska) – With political campaigns underway across the state the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) is reminding Alaskans that the use of public right of ways for political advertising is prohibited.
In 1998, Alaskans overwhelmingly voted to keep the state free from outdoor advertising. Alaska statutes and regulations address unauthorized signs both within and along the State’s public right of ways including parked vehicles displaying such signs and signs on private property legible from the main-traveled way.
The State of Alaska recognizes that advertising is an important effort and expensive investment for all. Campaigns and volunteers may simply not realize the prohibitions regarding advertising in and along the State’s public right of ways. Though the extent of the public right of ways are not always easily visible on the ground the laws prohibit all unauthorized signs legible from the traveled way. For more information, please review the Department’s webpage at http://dot.alaska.gov/campaign
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 242 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 731 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”