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Old highway sign law nails Oklahoma churches and Times Square

from WORLD Magazine

In Oklahoma, some churches may be forced to demolish highway signs to comply with a 50-year-old federal highway law. The Highway Beautification Act, enacted by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965 at the behest of his wife, Lady Bird Johnson, regulates advertisements along the interstate and federally funded highways. The law requires church signs next to a highway to be no larger than 8 square feet, less than half the size of a regulation basketball backboard. Signs for civic groups and directional signs are also subject to the size rule. States that choose not to enforce the law can lose a portion their federal highway funding more


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