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Highway department backs off billboard proposal

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A spokesman with the Texas Department of Transportation says the agency is backing off a proposal to raise the height of billboards.

The state department has proposed modifying the current sign regulation by almost 22 feet to a maximum 65 feet. Advertisers supported the plan, saying taller signs are needed because the speed of travel has increased and highways have expanded.

The Austin American-Statesman reports Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1tGEbVm ) the transportation department received about 900 public comments requesting the department not increase the height limit.

Anne Culver with environmental group Scenic Texas says she's pleased with the state transportation agency dropping its support of the proposal. The organization argued bigger signs would block country views and pose a threat of distraction for drivers.

Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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