The Highway Beautification Act of 1965 required that states control outdoor advertising along federally funded interstate and primary highways. Since the enactment of the act, thousands of outdoor advertising signs have been removed to enhance the natural beauty of the nation's highways. However, many prohibited signs are still standing and are likely to remain so because federal funds are not being appropriated to compensate sign owners for their removal, as required by the act. Accomplishing the goal of the Highway Beautification Act will require either additional federal funding or a change in the compensation requirement of the act, as amended. GAO recommends that the Congress reasses the outdoor advertising control program. In making this reassessment the Congress will need to weigh the program's goal and requirements against program costs. (Author)

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    • A report by the Comptroller General to the Chairman, Committee on Environment and Public Works United States Senate.
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    U.S. General Accounting Office

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  • Publication Date: 1985-1

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 54 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00393774
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GAO/RCED-85-34
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1985 12:00AM