Under a legal agreement with the state, Fairfax County removes signs from public rights of way on about 71 major roads. The law allows the county to collect a $100 civil penalty against sign owners. The penalty is assessed for each sign posted.
The county says it began charging penalties last month, and five sign owners have received invoices for these amounts:
- We Pay up to $100-200 Junk Car: $3,500
- Bruce and Tanya REMAX: $1,600
- Debbie Dogrul, Long & Foster: $600
- Mount Vernon Athletic Club: $200
- Target Marble: $100
In this fiscal year (which ends June 30), the county has picked up 27,621 signs so far under the removal program it began in 2013.
Crews remove these signs from public rights-of-way along 71 streets — or about 200 miles of roadway. Most are two-lane, divided highways Fairfax County Parkway, Route 50 and Route 28. Signs are not removed from neighborhood streets, nor are they cleaned up based on public complaints, county officials said.