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A Quick History of the Highway Beautification Act


The billboard industry has a rich history of how it evolved to the modern-day. Over the past several decades, the U.S. government created various acts to limit the number of billboards and create size, lighting, and spacing regulations. These aspects vary by state, so there are no federal billboard regulations.

The first regulations implemented by the U.S. government were within the Bonus Act of the 1958 Federal Highway Act. The Bonus Act was a voluntary program that incentivized controlling billboards within 660 feet of the Interstate Highway System. States that volunteered to the program would receive one-half of one percent of the Federal-aid highway construction costs for all controlled segments of Interstate highways. Billboards were controlled by the Bonus Act along the interstate highways for years until the passage of the Highway Beautification Act that led to other provisions.

This article was originally published on BillboardsIn.com. You can continue reading the full article here.


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