The billboard business is a lucrative and growing one in Texas.
As the state’s economy recovers, many businesses are seeing signs of growth, including billboards that help boost the economy and are seen as a way to attract visitors.
But some billboards are becoming more problematic for businesses.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 721 billboard violations in 2016.
That’s a 1.8 percent increase over 2015, when there were 823 billboards violations.
In addition, the state saw a 9 percent drop in billboards during the same period, from 726 in 2015 to 718 last year.
The state’s billboard law makes it a crime to place any sign in a public place that: •Is a vehicle, vehicle part or a vehicle that may be a prop, including, but not limited to, a billboard, a sign, sign-bearing pole, sign that is a pole, or a sign that includes a word or other writing that indicates that it may be used to convey a message.
•Is erected, affixed or attached to any structure or any part of such structure or part, including but not solely limited to a pole.•Is placed or placed in a manner or is placed in proximity to a public street, roadway, or pedestrian walkway that is open to the public.•Attaches or has in its possession, or has on its premises, any sign or device that is an obstruction to the free passage of pedestrians, cyclists, motor vehicles or public transit.
The Texas Department said it’s hard to know how many billboards are actually being repaired or replaced each year, but said in 2016 there were 3,000 new signs and that the total number of billboards is growing each year.
The department has since increased its tally to about 7,000, said spokeswoman Lauren Knepper.
The department said in an emailed statement that the agency had seen an increase in repairs, but did not have an exact figure.
“It’s difficult to determine the actual number of signs that are being repaired and replaced due to the lack of data,” Kneiter said.
“The majority of our signs are at an acceptable repair level and are being replaced at a reasonable rate.”
The agency said it will work with billboard owners to determine if any of the billboards should be repaired.