Federal officials say they expect to fine New York State $14 million over illegal highway signs.
The “I Love New York” signs were created to promote local businesses as a state effort to boost tourism. The state spent millions of dollars on the more than 500 signs that went up across New York.
However, federal officials deemed the signs didn’t comply with regulations. Among other issues, the Federal Highway Administration said the large signs could make it difficult for drivers to see hazards on the roadside.
The FHA says New York leaders recently submitted a plan, ahead of a deadline, to deal with the problems. But, federal officials said their solution didn’t do enough to fix the problem.
The $14 million fine is one percent of the federal highway funding that New York will get this year. The state can get the money back if New York and the federal government can come to a resolution.
State DOT statement
The Federal Highway Administration intends to continue to work with NYSDOT to resolve this issue. If the state complies with federal requirements, the FHWA will reinstate funding by Sept. 30, 2018.