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(a) Except for the actions of the road authorities, their agents, employees, contractors, and
utilities in carrying out their duties imposed by law or contract, and except as herein provided, it
shall be unlawful to:
(1) obstruct any highway or deposit snow or ice thereon;
(2) plow or perform any other detrimental operation within the road right-of-way except
in the preparation of the land for planting permanent vegetative cover or as authorized under
section 160.232;
(3) erect a fence on the right-of-way of a trunk highway, county state-aid highway, county
highway, or town road, except to erect a lane fence to the ends of a livestock pass;
(4) erect or reconstruct driveway headwalls in or on the right-of-way of a highway or road,
except as may be allowed by permit from the road authority imposing reasonable regulations
as are necessary to prevent interference with the construction, maintenance, and safe use of
the highway or road and its appurtenances;
(5) dig any holes in any highway, except to locate markers placed to identify sectional
corner positions and private boundary corners;
(6) remove any earth, gravel, or rock from any highway;
(7) obstruct any ditch draining any highway or drain any noisome materials into any ditch;
(8) place or maintain any building or structure within the limits of any highway;
(9) place or maintain any advertisement within the limits of any highway, except as provided
in section 160.27, subdivision 7;
(10) paint, print, place, or affix any advertisement or any object within the limits of any
highway, except as provided in section 160.27, subdivision 7;
(11) deface, mar, damage, or tamper with any structure, work, material, equipment, tools,
signs, markers, signals, paving, guardrails, drains, or any other highway appurtenance on or
along any highway;
(12) remove, injure, displace, or destroy right-of-way markers, or reference or witness
monuments, or markers placed to preserve section or quarter-section corners;
(13) improperly place or fail to place warning signs and detour signs as provided by law;
(14) drive over, through, or around any barricade, fence, or obstruction erected for the
purpose of preventing traffic from passing over a portion of a highway closed to public travel or
to remove, deface, or damage any such barricade, fence, or obstruction.
(b) Any violation of this section is a misdemeanor.
History: 1959 c 500 art 1 s 27; 1973 c 123 art 5 s 7; 1977 c 334 s 1; 1979 c 275 s 1; 1980 c
435 s 1; 1980 c 533 s 2; 1986 c 387 s 1; 1986 c 398 art 27 s 2; 1986 c 435 s 1; 1989 c 179 s 2;
1995 c 23 s 1; 1998 c 283 s 1,2; 1998 c 403 s 5,6; 2004 c 295 art 2 s 15

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