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Mask out line features beneath layers?

Question asked by kevindonahue01 on Dec 3, 2018
Latest reply on Dec 5, 2018 by kevindonahue01

I'm trying to switch over some of the mapping products my organizations generates from AutoCAD over to ArcMap, but I'm running into a lot of issues keeping roughly the same format.  At the moment, I'm trying to find the best way to recreate the line symbology we typically use.  I included an example of what I'm trying to reproduce as an attachment.  


I'd like to be able to mask out the lines or polygon edges where labels are located, but I need to see the symbols and imagery beneath this layer. Because of this, it seems like text background and mask in the symbol options won't cut it, as they both put a colored region behind the text.  Does anyone know of a relatively simple way to do this with labels?  I'd rather not have to modify the lines themselves to do this, but its starting to feel like it may be my only option.