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Memorial Markers Promote Highway Safety

Published on Oct 28, 2021

Roadside memorial markers can be a lasting reminder of a loved one who died of a vehicle related crash.

Those same markers can also be a stark reminder of the importance of highway safety. Through the end of September, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office investigated 79 fatal crashes with 84 victims.

Polk County’s Roads and Drainage Division offers this service free to the public for county road rights-of-way. There are just a few guidelines to follow.

  • Requests for the memorial markers within county rights-of-way must be submitted in writing to the Roads and Drainage Division. Those requests can be made by immediate family members or friends, with requests from friends requiring the approval of the deceased’s immediate family.
  • Vehicle deaths must have occurred within 12 months of the request to qualify for memorial marker installation.
  • Memorial markers are not allowed within the limits of active construction work zones.
  • There shall be no activities at the memorial marker that pose a safety hazard to the public or violate state law concerning stopping, standing, parking or obstruction of traffic on public roads.
  • Due to various circumstances, the memorial marker may not necessarily be placed at the exact location of the fatality. County staff members will make a determination of the placement location.
  • The marker shall be located at the outside edge of the mowing limits.

The cost of construction, installation and maintenance of the sign is a free service provided by the division.

For more information on this program, or to request a marker, call Polk’s Roads and Drainage Division at (863) 535-2200.