Sign Removal Program Adds 28 Roads


November 18, 2016

Since July 1, 2013, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Community Labor Force has collected over 75,000 signs that were illegally posted along 71 major roadways under a legal agreement between Fairfax County and VDOT. Starting this month, the county has added 28 new roads—or 12 miles—to its sign removal program.

"This is a win-win for the county and state," said Sheriff Stacey Kincaid. "Under this program, the roadsides and medians are cleaner, the sightlines are safer, and there is no added cost to county residents."

On the additional roads, the only segments included in the program are located within the county's commercial revitalization districts.

Annandale

  • Annandale Road
  • John Marr Drive

Baileys Cross Roads

  • Carlin Springs Road
  • South Jefferson Street
  • Seminary Road

Lake Anne

  • North Shore Drive

McLean

  • Elm Street
  • Fleetwood Road
  • Nolte Street
  • Westmoreland Drive
  • Whittier Avenue

Merrifield

  • Dorr Avenue
  • Hartland Road
  • Juniper Street
  • Merrilee Drive
  • Merrifield Avenue
  • Porter Road
  • Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
  • Williams Drive

Seven Corners

  • Patrick Henry Drive 

Springfield

  • Bland Street
  • Commerce Street

Richmond Highway

  • Boswell Drive
  • Fairhaven Avenue
  • Fordson Road
  • Lockheed Boulevard
  • Old Richmond Highway
  • Sherwood Hall Lane

The Community Labor Force crews, made up of well-screened offenders monitored by a Sheriff’s deputy, pick up signs every week from Tuesday to Thursday, visiting each road in the program at least twice per month. Signs are stored at the I-66 Transfer Station for five days, allowing owners time to reclaim them. After this time, the signs are destroyed.

The law allows the county to collect a $100 civil penalty against sign owners, and this penalty is assessed for each posted sign. The county’s Department of Code Compliance, not the Sheriff’s Office, is responsible for assessing and collecting the fines.

Residents and businesses 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.


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