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Governor says no road sign for monument? Fans hang 1 instead

FILE - In this August 2015 file photo, a rain storm passes over Mt. Katahdin in this view from land that is now the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in northern Maine. Motorists on Interstate 95 in Maine won't see signs directing them to the new national monument created by President Barack Obama because Gov. Paul LePage is refusing to let the state install them. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, file)

BENEDICTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s governor is refusing to allow road signs to be installed for a new national monument, so supporters of the park are taking matters into their own hands.

Fans of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument hung a banner advertising the park from a highway overpass above Interstate 95. The sign appears to be written on a bed sheet or piece of canvas. It says “KWW Exit 264” and was first seen Wednesday.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage has long opposed the creation of the monument. President Barack Obama created the park last year.

A governor’s spokesman says it would be “imprudent and premature” to install signs before completion of a 120-day review period ordered by President Donald Trump last month.

The park is 137 square miles near Mount Katahdin.

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