Concerns Expressed About Boosting Texas Billboard Height Limit

AUSTIN (June 25, 2014) Environmental concerns were raised about a plan to allow billboards as high as 65 feet tall along some Texas highways as the Texas Transportation Commission heard public testimony Tuesday.

Written comments on the proposal will be accepted through July 14.

By August, the panel is expected to decide on whether to raise the current 42.5-feet height restriction.

The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed the change, which is supported by advertising companies, as part of an overhaul of billboard rules.

Katherine Romans, who manages landowner outreach for the Hill Country Alliance, says people don't need more billboards or taller billboards.

The group supports protecting natural resources.

Billy Reagan with Reagan Outdoor Advertising says taller signs are needed because the speed of travel has increased and highways have expanded.

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