February 1, 2015
After nearly two years of often emotional debate, the Nevada Department of Transportation says roadside memorials will be allowed provided they don't interfere with public safety.
The agency had considered several policy options after concerns
were raised over an 8-foot cross erected in memory of a young
murder victim near Spooner Summit on U-S 50.
Under the adopted policy, memorials can't be permanent
structures and must be of reasonable size.
The issue arose in 2003 after the state agency ordered the
removal of a two-ton cross, erected in memory of 9-year-old Krystal
Steadman. The little girl was killed in 2000, and her body was
found near the memorial site.
Many people protested the state action, but others agreed with
the department that the cross was oversized.