TxDOT Backs Off On Billboard Proposal

AUSTIN (August 28, 2014) The Texas Department of Transportation is backing off on its proposal to raise the height of billboards, an agency spokesman said.

The department proposed modifying the current sign regulation by almost 22 feet to a maximum of 65 feet.

Advertisers supported the plan, saying taller signs are needed because the speed of travel has increased and highways have expanded.

But TxDOT received about 900 public comments requesting the department not increase the height limit.

Anne Culver with environmental group Scenic Texas says she's pleased with the state transportation agency dropping its support of the proposal.

The organization argued bigger signs would block country views and pose a threat of distraction for drivers.

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