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Dumfries’ Downed Billboard Hauled Away


DUMFRIES, Va. — The unsightly remnants of a billboard that once stood along U.S. 1 in Dumfries are gone. first told you about the billboard that was blown down in a storm last year. It had sat in disrepair along the major commuter thoroughfare for months drawing complaints from town residents.

Town officials were wrangling with the Virginia Department of Transportation and the billboard’s owner Clear Channel Outdoor about removing the remnants of the board to no avail.

Delegate Richard Anderson (R-Prince William County) got word of the problem and stepped into help.

“After reading about this downed billboard in, I contacted representatives at Clear Channel to ask that they clean the billboard debris along the roadside in Dumfries. Although the 51st House District that I represent in the General Assembly does not include Dumfries, I felt compelled to address this issue because I patroned a bill this year that deals with billboard management,” said Anderson. “I thank for bringing this issue to my attention and to Clear Channel for doing the right thing for our Dumfries neighbors and the beauty of our Commonwealth.”

Anderson’s bill, which got its final approval from the Senate just yesterday after passing the House earlier this month, allows a billboard owner to relocate their billboard to nearby ground in the event a road is widened or the land on which is stands is acquired for construction. Many of the billboards in Prince William County are permitted by a grandfather clause after it and neighboring jurisdiction Fairfax County banned new billboards from going up.


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  • Michele

    Wow, just took a phone call?

  • Citizen

    This paper is a terrible rag. 1. This is not news worthy. 2. They can’t get the picture right. It should be before and after NOT now and then. 3. What’s next “In other news local man takes sofa to the dump.”

  • Sean

    Actually, no, that’s not all it took.

    It took a dedicated citizen to actually look up the VA state laws on the web, find out that the State had the authority the *whole time*, over 8 months(!) to clean up the billboard any time it wanted and charge the expense back to Clear Channel.

    It then took phone calls, voicemails, and e-mails to V-DOT, Town of Dumfries staff, Town Council, and Clear Channel. There may have also been a little bit of Facebook shaming of Clear Channel involved as well 🙂

    I don’t know Delegate Anderson – if he made a phone call, I appreciate that. But it’s a little naïve of him to think that he alone made a phone call and everything magically got fixed.

  • Sean

    Actually, it’s pretty unbelievable that Delegate Anderson would *thank* Clear Channel in his quote. Clear Channel knew the whole time that the billboard could not be rebuilt because it was considered non-conforming. They submitted a bogus construction permit, with incomplete cost estimate information to VDOT, knowing darn well that it would never be approved. And then they sat for 8 months doing nothing, throwing their hands up in the air and pointing figures at VDOT.

    Clear Channel did absolutely NOTHING until their sign permit was revoked by VDOT. Three days later – literally – they finally accepted defeat and cleaned up their trash. I guess I should just be glad that Clear Channel did not try to appeal the revocation of their sign permit.

    What a joke. Eff Clear Channel.

  • Sean

    Exactly as I suspected….a quick search of reveals that Delegate Richard Anderson has accepted campaign cash from the “VA Outdoor Advertising Association”.

    So Delegate Anderson makes a phone call to the local paper to make sure that the story has the “right spin” – and ensure the that the story doesn’t reveal that Clear Channel only acted after their sign permit was revoked, and they were compelled by law to cleanup within 30 days.

    Nice Spin Richard!

  • Potomac Clubber

    Hoi guess Delegate Michael Futrell was asleep during all of this?

  • Potomac Clubber

    A good follow up story for Potomac Local would be the status of the billboard sign at Rt. 1 North and Blackburn road right next to Lindsay Chevrolet that was taken down because of the road construction. It is currently sitting in pile in the woods. I’d like to know if that is the planned final resting place or does Clear Channel plan on cleaning that up as well?

    That sign also is in Delegate Michael Futrell district.

  • Dumfries

    “It had sat in disrepair” grammar obviously not in your repertoire…

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