Highway Beautification

ORS 377.708
Effect on certain signs of transfer of jurisdiction over state highway


As part of the negotiation process between the Department of Transportation and another road authority concerning transfer of jurisdiction over a state highway from the department to the other road authority, the department shall identify any tourist oriented directional signs and logo signs on the state highway that will be affected by the transfer. If there are such signs, the department shall notify the Travel Information Council of the proposed transfer of jurisdiction.


When signs described in subsection (1) of this section are identified, the road authority that will receive jurisdiction over the state highway shall, as part of the negotiation process, agree in writing to protect the signs from destruction or removal. The transfer of jurisdiction may not take place until the receiving road authority has entered into the written agreement described in this subsection.


After the transfer of jurisdiction, the Travel Information Council shall retain authority over signs on the highway as though the highway were still a state highway.


After a transfer of jurisdiction over a state highway from the department to another road authority, the council shall notify the receiving road authority of any request for a new sign and shall request approval of the sign’s location from that road authority. [2003 c.388 §2]
Note: 377.708 (Effect on certain signs of transfer of jurisdiction over state highway) was added to and made a part of 377.700 (Short title) to 377.844 (Enforcement of rules regarding health and safety) by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
§§ 377.700 to 377.840

Notes of Decisions

Exclusion of on-premises signs from regulation as outdoor advertising signs is not content-based discrimination against noncommercial speech. Outdoor Media Dimensions, Inc. v. State of Oregon, 150 Or App 106, 945 P2d 614 (1997), aff'd 331 Or 634, 20 P3d 180 (2001)

Imposition of content-neutral regulatory requirements does not infringe on protected speech. Outdoor Media Dimensions v. Department of Transportation, 340 Or 275, 132 P3d 5 (2006)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

City and county "police power" for removal of billboards and signs; compensation or amortization period, (1974) Vol 36, p 1145


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