NEW TXDOT BILLBOARD RULES TO BE DISCUSSED AT MARCH COMMISSION MEETING
The Texas Transportation Commission will discuss proposed state outdoor advertising (billboard) rules on March 31, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. at 125 East 11th Street in Austin. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the League, sign companies, scenic interests, and others have collaborated on these rules for months. The main focus of the rules is to strengthen enforcement, increase fees, and provide consistency between primary and rural road programs.
The proposed changes would most impact the cities that have an agreement with TxDOT to be “certified” to regulate signs on state highways in their city limits. The rules would require those cities to provide annual reports to TxDOT and to engage in conferences with TxDOT, but only if the city wishes to remain certified.
One new proposal that may prove useful to cities requires that electronic sign owners allow local authorities to post emergency information on their signs. The new rules also would allow electronic signs to have back-to-back electronic faces.
To read the proposed rules, go to