Department of Transportation Regulates Roadside Memorials

By: Karen Kostko
By: Karen Kostko

The Department of Transportation enacted a new policy Tuesday that allows roadside memorials to remain for up to one year. The new policy will prohibit memorials on interstate highways and freeways, but the DOT says there may be some exceptions.

DOT officials say memorials may be dangerously distracting, and say roadside memorials may be removed if they get in the way of safety.

There is an alternative to the new policy. Families and friends now have the option of enacting a sign near the site of the accident, similar to the Adopt-A-Highway program.

The DOT prepared a brochure explaining the new policy. The brochure is available at their website at:

www.wisconsin.gov/business/rules/memorials.htm