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Frederick Co. At Odds With State Over Highway Signs

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Frederick County is taking issue with a ban on state highway road signs telling motorists that the county is “open for business.”

The Frederick News-Post reported Tuesday that the State Highway Administration denied the county’s request to include the slogan on welcome signs along Interstates 70 and 270, and U.S. Highways 15 and 340.

The SHA says such slogans could distract drivers and might have to be changed often as counties adopt new slogans.

Spokeswoman Valerie Edgar acknowledges that food, gas and lodging companies can add their logos to state highway signs for a fee. But she says that’s different, because those signs direct drivers to destinations.

Commissioners President Blaine Young points out that the state of Virginia promotes itself as “open for business” on state highway road signs.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • popopo

    I would have to agree with SHA. This is maryland and we are Not open for business

  • TruthTeller

    This socialists in Annapolis just don’t get it. Keep it up and the rural counties will be turning their talk of secession into action. The end game will be a state with only five political subdivisions left under the banner of ‘Maryland.’ They will be Baltimore City and AA, PG, Montgomery, Howard, and Baltimore Counties. All the other counties will have left and turned off the lights. Annapolis has failed to grasp the depth and breadth of the anger out in the rest of the state.

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