- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Cape man accused of secretly recording women, posting to porn site (11/22/17)
- Thankful People: Kirsten Strebe recovers from traumatic car accident, brain injury (11/23/17)
- Cape attorney Brandon Cooper to run for judge (11/20/17)2
- Thankful People: Moore family counts its blessing after harrowing accident (11/23/17)
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Deal Finder brings 'unique' shopping to Cape Girardeau (11/24/17)
- The Tungsten Groove to release first album featuring original songs (11/17/17)
- 1 dead, 3 hurt in accident on Highway 72 (11/19/17)
Potential for more billboards
To the editor:
Many billboards on Missouri's interstates are "nonconforming," meaning they do not comply with current spacing or size regulations. If they should come down for any reason, they are not allowed to go back up or be relocated.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is making plans to reconstruct portions of our interstates and will need to remove some of the billboards. Under current law, only conforming billboards will be permitted to relocate. If replaced, they may not be enhanced. The net result for new construction will be fewer billboards.
The Missouri Senate is debating a bill that would change all of this. The bill says that, once construction on the interstates starts, all nonconforming billboards would be "temporarily" declared to be conforming and could be relocated. If they were relocated, the bill says they could also be upgraded and would be allowed to have flashing electronic digital messaging.
If that's not enough, the billboards would have special protection from any municipal regulation. In other words, rebuilding our highways would result in more billboards, not fewer, with less regulation. And many would have flashing messages. What a sad choice for Missouri.
EUGENE B. BUSHMANN, Jefferson City, Mo.