Roadside memorials: A tribute or illegal?

(WHTM) – It is not uncommon to see roadside memorials along state roadways in the region.

Seth Finkenbinder has been seeing them for nearly 40 years, and he understands their meaning, but he says it puts a burden on property owners and PennDOT crews.

“When the owner is cutting the grass, things may get knocked down or broken,” said Finkenbinder. “When crews are doing roadwork, they may feel awkward removing the memorial.”

Fritzi Schreffler is a spokesperson for PennDOT. She says it is against the law to place memorials along state roadways, and she encourages people to consider other alternatives, to pay tribute to their loved ones.

“Plant a tree somewhere, or adopt a section of the roadway to cleanup,” said Schreffler. “Something more permanent than putting something in our right of way.”

 

 

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