Good Question Update: Is the graffiti gone on I-590?

Pat Taney
Created: September 23, 2019 09:34 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — News10NBC is bringing you an update to one of your Good Questions. 

Some of you noticed something different on local highways last spring, and it's finally been dealt with.


Last March, we brought you to I-590 in Brighton, where we found several unwelcomed art displays. Highway sound barriers were tagged by graffiti artists at an alarming rate.

The New York State Department of Transportation promised News10NBC it would be cleared up by the spring. We checked back last week, and crews used anti-graffiti paint to block it out. But, is this a temporary band-aid for a big problem?

Finding those responsible and preventing future taggers is tough work. The DOT is standing by a claim made back in March — their traffic cameras can't monitor the barriers.

"We have cameras on the highway system, but they're really for just real-time traffic monitoring," said DOT spokesperson Jordan Guerrein. "We don't have them zoomed into the concrete walls.  If we receive reports of offensive or obscene graffiti, we will work to remove it immediately. The actual removal process does not take long, though accessibility of the locations and work zone traffic control must be taken into consideration."

State police can and will ticket taggers, but they have to be caught in the act. So far, no tickets have been issued in the past year for tagging on local highways.

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