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Frederick Co. at odds with state over highway signs

FREDERICK — 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.