PA court orders digital billboard down.

On April 3, 2017  a Pennsylvania Court ruled that Kegerreis Outdoor Advertising must take down a 57 foot high digital billboard at the interchange of Interstate 83 and 283 because it is too close to the road.

Here are links to a Pennlive article and Kegerreis v Department of Transportation.

The case has been going on for 6 years.  In 2011 the Commonwealth denied Kegerreis a permit because the sign was located within 500 feet of I-283, I-83 and SR 322 in violation of the Outdoor Advertising Control Act of 1971.  In 2012 the Commonwealth and Kegerreis agreed to a settlement in which

The Stipulation of Settlement noted Petitioner’s assertion that the sign would be visible only from I-83 and I-283 and no other controlled highway, and reserved the District’s right to inspect the sign after it is constructed and in operation. The Stipulation of Settlement further reserved the District’s right to take administrative action should any of the sign’s advertising be visible from any controlled highway other than I-83 and I-283 and noted Petitioner’s agreement that it would not seek to preclude the District from revoking its permit or from presenting evidence or testimony concerning such visibility.

The sign was constructed in March 2012 and in December 2012 the Commonwealth revoked the permit because the south face of the sign was visible from SR 322 and within 500 feet of SR 322.  The matter has been under review and court challenge since then.

Insider’s take:  Not sure I would have built the sign.  The Stipulation had lots of wiggle room for the permit authorities to back out and deny the permit once the sign was built.


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