Spring Thaw Information

Please be advised that the Quebec Thaw period dates have changed as noted below:

The Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des transports informs you that the dates of the thaw period in Quebec are modified for zones 2 and 3. Therefore, loads limits restrictions applying in these two zones will end at the following dates:

Zone 2: March 27th – May 26th

Zone 3: March 27th  – May 26th

Dates for zone 1 remain unchanged: February 27th – April 28th

During this period, authorized load limits are reduced because the road network load bearing capacity is weakened. Restrictions vary between 8% and 20% according to the vehicle’s type of axles and configuration.

For any additional information please consult the “Thaw Period – Official dates” page in the “Trucking” section of the of the Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des transports web site: https://www.transports.gouv.qc.ca/fr/entreprises-partenaires/ent-camionnage/degel/Pages/Periode-de-degel.aspx

We would appreciate if you could forward this information to your members, partners and staff.

Thank you for your collaboration and best regards,

Dave Henry

Direction du transport routier des marchandises

Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des transports

dave.henry@transports.gouv.qc.ca

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release Contacts:

March 2, 2017 Bill Boynton, NHDOT Public Information Office, 603-271-6495

Annual Road Postings Underway on Sections of State Highways Heavy Vehicle Ban Necessary to Protect Pavements During Thaw

New Hampshire Department of Transportation Commissioner Victoria Sheehan has ordered customary spring load limits on sections of the State highway system as authorized under State law.

Warmer weather means sections of roads will be vulnerable to pavement breaking up as the frost leaves the underlying road base. Road postings are determined annually by local NHDOT District Engineers, who carefully review each roadway in their areas before posting a road limit to ensure protection of the roads.

The maximum allowable vehicular weight posted sections of State highways is 30,000 pounds gross weight, or the cumulative width in inches of all tires contacting the road surface multiplied by 300, whichever is less.

Under State law (Section 236:3-a), trucks carrying home heating oil, processed milk products, maple sap and septic pumper trucks are exempted from seasonal bans with the approval of NHDOT District Engineers.

Affected roads can be found on the Web at http://newengland511.org/ under the “Special Events”.

 

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release Contacts:
March 1, 2017 Bill Boynton, NHDOT Public Information Office, 603-271-6495
Improved Services Coming for New Hampshire E-ZPass Customers New Mobile-Friendly Website and Walk-In/Call Center in Concord
New Hampshire E-ZPass customers will soon have a new Customer Service Center in Concord. The transition to a new vendor for New Hampshire E-ZPass will result in the following:
 A new mobile-friendly website.
 A new Customer Service Call Center will open in Concord on March 24, 2017.
 A new Customer Service Walk-In Center will open in Concord on March 24, 2017.
This transition will occur from March 8 to 24, 2017, during which:
* Transponders and Tolls will operate and it will be business as usual for motorists on the New Hampshire Turnpikes and everywhere E-ZPass is accepted.
* The Hooksett Walk-In Center will close permanently on March 8 at 6:00 pm and will be replaced by a new Walk-in Center in Concord opening on March 24 at 8:00 am.
* The Walk-In Centers in Nashua and Portsmouth will remain in their current locations and will be closed during the transition from March 8, 6:00 pm to March 24, 8:00 am.
*  The www.ezpassnh.com website will maintain its current website address, but will be unavailable during the transition from March 8, 6:00 pm to March 24, 8:00 am.
* The toll free customer service phone number will remain the same (1-877-643-9727), but will be unavailable during the transition from March 8, 6:00 pm to March 24, 8:00 am.
*  There may be delays in statement delivery during the transition from March 8, 6:00 pm to March 24, 8:00 am.
No action is required if you have an account in good standing. Customers whose E-ZPass accounts are not automatically replenished should review their accounts before March 8 and replenish their account to cover all tolls during the transition period.
New Hampshire E-ZPass has approximately 450,000 customer accounts. Nearly 75 percent of all transactions on the New Hampshire Turnpike System are with E-ZPass.