Fairfax County Cleans Up Illegal Signs From Major Roads

July 2, 2013

News Highlights

  • Illegal signs will be removed from 63 selected public roads or about 200 miles of roads, including political, commercial and other signs.
  • Crews will clean up the signs every week from Tuesday to Thursday.
  • The county's new program only addresses selected roads, not neighborhood streets, and signs will not be picked up based on public complaints.


All signs point to bad news for anyone who posts ads on the roads, offering to buy ugly houses, sell puppies or purchase gold jewelry for cash. If Fairfax County finds commercial, campaign or other illegal signs on the roads, officials say they’ll take them down and destroy them.

Today, the county began its new program to clean up illegal signs from selected, major public roads across the county.

The Sheriff’s Community Labor Force will collect signs every week from Tuesday to Thursday.  They will take down signs from public rights-of-way along 63 streets—or about 200 miles of roadway. Most are two-lane, divided highways like Route 286 (formerly Fairfax County Parkway), Route 50 and Route 28.

Crews will visit each road included in the program one time each month. See the online map for a complete list of roads.

CFL crews pick up trash on designated roads.

If a sign on any public road presents a safety hazard, drivers should contact VDOT at 1-800-FOR-ROAD or via their online form.

Fairfax’s new program was created to assist the Virginia Department of Transportation. Earlier this year, Fairfax County signed a legal agreement with VDOT to get the authority to remove signs. Under this agreement, the county is acting as an agent of the Virginia Commissioner of Highways, and the county is only authorized to pick up illegal signs. VDOT remains responsible for road maintenance.

Residents also can play a role in keeping the streets clean by volunteering with a VDOT-sponsored Adopt-a-Highway group. These groups may pick up trash and signs along roads, and they can operate seven days a week.

The county’s new program is estimated to cost $150,000 per year.

For questions or complaints about signs on private property only, contact the Department of Code Compliance at 703-324-1300, TTY 711.

For more information, members of the media only may contact the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

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