HIGHWAY ADVERTISING ACT OF 1972 (EXCERPT)
Act 106 of 1972
252.317 Distances between signs; distance from interchange, intersection, or rest area.
(1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (9), along interstate highways and freeways, a sign structure located in a business area or unzoned commercial or industrial area shall not be erected closer than 1,000 feet to another sign structure on the same side of the highway.
(2) Along primary highways a sign structure shall not be closer than 500 feet to another sign structure.
(3) The provisions of this section do not apply to signs separated by a building or other visual obstruction in such a manner that only 1 sign located within the spacing distances is visible from the highway at any time, provided that the building or other visual obstruction has not been created for the purpose of visually obstructing either of the signs at issue.
(4) Along interstate highways and freeways located outside of incorporated municipalities, a sign structure shall not be permitted adjacent to or within 500 feet of an interchange, an intersection at grade or a safety roadside rest area. The 500 feet shall be measured from the point of beginning or ending of pavement widening at the exit from, or entrance to, the main-traveled way.
(5) Official signs as described in section 13(1)(a) and on-premises signs shall not be counted nor shall measurements be made from them for purposes of determining compliance with the spacing requirements provided in this section.
(6) The spacing requirements provided in this section apply separately to each side of the highway.
(7) The spacing requirements provided in this section shall be measured along the nearest edge of the pavement of the highway between points directly opposite each sign.
(8) A sign that was erected in compliance with the spacing requirements of this section that were in effect at the time when the sign was erected, but which does not comply with the spacing requirements of this section after March 23, 1999, shall not be considered unlawful as that term is used in section 22.
(9) Along an interstate highway, where the interstate highway is designated by 1 letter and 3 numbers, and the interstate highway is located in a county with a population of less than 211,000 but more than 175,000 as determined by the most recent federal decennial census, an existing sign structure that was erected prior to the date of the amendatory act that added this subsection shall not be closer than 900 feet to another sign structure on the same side of the highway.
History: 1972, Act 106, Imd. Eff. Mar. 31, 1972
Am. 1998, Act 533, Eff. Mar. 23, 1999
Am. 2006, Act 448, Eff. Jan. 1, 2007
Am. 2009, Act 86, Imd. Eff. Sept. 3, 2009
Am. 2011, Act 13, Imd. Eff. Mar. 24, 2011
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