Competing campaign signs cause danger for Springfield drivers

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The problem here is placement.
But we found out that in this case, it speaks to more than just that the campaign signs are blocking turning drivers from being able to see oncoming traffic. City - State jurisdiction and private property are also involved.

"Honestly I was a little aggravated whenever I saw those signs up there," said Jesse Owsley who drives by the signs everyday. "Because, it was obviously dangerous . I had to roll too far up into traffic to see around these things."

Moe Mora, who also lives in the neighborhood added, "It's pretty much contact with my door if they swerve over."

Competing campaign signs... We expect to see them right now,
But we don't expect them to put us in danger.

"No, you can not see anything," said Mora. "Basically, you can see when a car passes the actual light pole, and they're traveling at least 40 miles an hour."

Owsley said, "Just making this wall, right before you pull into traffic."

The sign game at the corner of Woodward and East Sunshine has escalated over the last 2 weeks. Competing for visibility. The people who drive those streets everyday, are upset because they say there's no question about it. The signs are too big and too tall to be safe.

"It is kind of eerie coming up here trying to make this corner you have to literally put your nose almost in the road just to see around those signs,"
Mora said.

And they have made their opinions known, but reaching out to the campaigns, the City, and MoDOT.

MoDOT's Assistant District Engineer, Laurel McKean said, "Today, we did go out, we checked, and the signs that were of concern were not on our right of way. But we did call one of the candidates, let them know that there had been some concern with the sign, and visibility getting out of the intersection."

While neither MoDOT nor the people that reached out to campaigns heard back, we checked with the city, hoping to find the answer.

We found the city codes to say that signs cannot impair the driver's ability to see, or interfere with the safety of people or property.

We got back to the City with that information.
They said they will be sending Public Works crews out to confirm MoDOT's measurements and say if that's the case, Public Works crews will take it from there.

One of hold ups in dealing with the signs is that they stand on private property. It's part of the Robert O. Block Trust, and neighbors say the house on that property has not been lived in for years.