The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces the planned implementation on or about April 1, 2019 of a regional truck detour to allow for the replacement of the NH Route 9 bridge over Otter Brook in Sullivan. During the bridge replacement project, a planned local detour route for light vehicles will involve a narrow roadway and sharp turn that will not be easily navigated by larger trucks, large motor homes, and vehicles hauling large travel trailers. A signed detour will direct westbound truck traffic on NH Route 9 to turn onto US 202 in Hillsborough, to NH Route 101 in Peterborough and proceed west to Keene. The detour heading eastbound will be to NH 101 in Keene to US 202 in Peterborough to NH 9 in Hillsborough. This roadway reconstruction project along Route 9 begins near the Granite Gorge Ski Area in Roxbury and continues easterly for approximately 2.1 miles to the Centre Street intersection in Sullivan. Road work includes tree removal on the steep ridgeline slopes and slope reduction to improve sight distances. The project will also include significant drainage and guardrail improvements. Bridge work entails replacing the existing NH Route 9 bridge over Otter Brook, and rehabilitating the Centre Street Bridge over Otter Brook.

Southern Service Center Regional Emergency Declaration Under 49 Cfr § 390.23 No. 2018-008

Federal Motor Carrier Southern Service Center
Safety Administration 1800 Century Blvd., Ste. 1700
Atlanta, GA 30345

October 9, 2018

No. 2018-008

In accordance with the provisions of 49 CFR § 390.23, the Regional Field Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Southern Service Center, hereby declares that an emergency exists that warrants issuance of a Regional Emergency Declaration and an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted by this Emergency Declaration. Such emergency is in response to Hurricane Michael, and its anticipated effects on people and property, including the immediate threat to human life or public welfare from high winds, heavy rains, high surf, storm surge and flooding. Affected States and jurisdictions included in this Emergency Declaration are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. This Emergency Declaration is needed to address anticipated emergency conditions in the Affected States and jurisdictions creating a need for immediate transportation of supplies, equipment and persons, and provides necessary relief.

By execution of this Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the emergency in the Affected States and jurisdictions in direct support of relief efforts related to Hurricane Michael are granted emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations except as restricted herein.

This Emergency Declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations while providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting supplies, equipment, fuel and persons into and from the Affected States and jurisdictions or providing other assistance in the form of emergency services during the emergency in the Affected States and jurisdictions from Hurricane Michael. Direct assistance terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services not directly supporting the emergency relief effort or when the motor carrier dispatches a driver or commercial motor vehicle to another location to begin operations in commerce. Upon termination of direct assistance to the emergency relief effort, the motor carrier and driver are subject to the requirements of 49 CFR Parts 390 through 399, except that a driver may return empty to the motor carrier’s terminal or the driver’s normal work reporting location without complying with Parts 390 through 399. However, if the driver informs the motor carrier that he or she needs immediate rest, the driver must be permitted at least 10 consecutive hours off duty before the driver is required to return to the motor carrier’s terminal or the driver’s normal reporting location. Once the driver has returned to the terminal or other location, the driver must be relieved of all duty and responsibilities and must receive a minimum of 10 hours off duty if transporting property, and 8 hours if transporting passengers.
Nothing contained in this Emergency Declaration shall be construed as an exemption from the controlled substances and alcohol use and testing requirements (49 CFR Part 382), the commercial driver’s license requirements (49 CFR Part 383), the financial responsibility (insurance) requirements (49 CFR Part 387), the hazardous material regulations (49 CFR Parts 100-180), applicable size and weight requirements, or any other portion of the regulations not specifically authorized pursuant to 49 CFR § 390.23.

Motor carriers or drivers currently subject to an out-of-service order are not eligible for the relief granted by this declaration until they have met the applicable conditions for its rescission and the order has been rescinded by FMCSA.

In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, this declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), November 9, 2018, whichever is less.

Darrell L. Ruban, Regional Field Administrator
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Southern Service Center



The New Hampshire Department of Transportation announces the planned extended closure to through traffic of a section of NH Route 127 in Hopkinton for approximately ten weeks. 

Beginning Monday, August 27, 2018, Route 127 (Maple Street) will be closed immediately east of the Rowell Covered Bridge to allow for upgrades to the nearby hydroelectric facility.  These upgrades to a section of penstock will require excavation of the roadway.

During this construction work, a detour will be in place utilizing Interstate 89 and US Route 202. The only section of NH 127 being closed is the area of the penstock, downstream of the Hopkinton-Everett Reservoir.  Route 127 will still be accessible from both sides, but will not allow for through traffic.

US Route 4 Bridge 51 in Woodstock Village over the Kedron Brook.

Construction Update: May 2, 2018


The Woodstock Village US Route 4 Bridge 51 was re-opened to two-way traffic at 3:05 PM today, five days ahead of schedule.

Woodstock Village US Route 4 Bridge 51

Project Location: US Route 4 Bridge 51 in Woodstock Village over the Kedron Brook.

The Woodstock Village US Route 4 Bridge 51 was re-opened to two-way traffic at 3:05 PM today, five days ahead of schedule.

Immediately following the opening, crews will remove all detour signs and all message boards will be shut down.

In the following, weeks construction will continue with two-way traffic across the bridge, reduced as needed, to alternating one-way traffic controlled by flaggers. Remaining work includes paving, sidewalks and the bridge rail. Until final paving is complete, please use extreme caution when entering the work zone. There is a 3-inch ramp down from the existing US Route 4 roadway pavement onto the base lift of pavement of the bridge. Final paving is scheduled to take place in a few weeks.

Pedestrian access across the bridge will be maintained via a 4-foot temporary pathway on the North side of the bridge (the post office side). Access to the Brick Oven Trattoria will require traversing around the worksite on the north side of the bridge and access the door on the east side of the building. Access to the post office, restaurants and retail shops on the north side will be open. Flaggers will be present to assist pedestrians crossing from the south sidewalk to the north side.

Parking from High Street to Mechanic Street will continue to be unavailable.

Construction activities can be expected weekdays during the hours of 7AM and 6PM. No night or weekend work is anticipated at this time. VTrans will keep you informed of any changes to construction activities related to the Woodstock Village US Route 4 Bridge 51 project throughout the duration of the construction season.

Please focus on safety when driving through the construction work zone and remember, it is illegal in Vermont to use any handheld portable electronic devices while driving. The law carries fines of up to $200 with points assessed if the violation occurs in a work zone.

Contact Public Outreach Hotline, 802-496-3376 with questions.


For Immediate Release
April 15, 2018

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces plans to close the northbound and southbound Open Road Toll (ORT) lanes at Hooksett Toll Plaza on Interstate 93 for maintenance work.
The closure is scheduled for Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 6:00 pm until 5:00 am on the morning of Friday, April 27, 2018.

The closure is necessary in order to perform routine maintenance on the overhead equipment. All motorists will be guided via signs and traffic cones to the non-ORT portion of the Hooksett Toll Plaza where they will proceed through either dedicated E-ZPass lane or cash lanes.
John Corcoran, Turnpikes Bureau, 603-485-3806
Bill Boynton, Public Information Office, 603-271-6495

NH Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 483 | 7 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03302-0483

NHMTA NJ State Police Issue Commercial Motor Vehicle Ban on Certain NJ Interstate Highways

Effective 8:00pm yesterday evening New Jersey State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan issued a commercial motor vehicle ban on the following interstates:

• I-78
• I-80
• I-280
• I-287

The ban applies to all tractor trailers, empty straight CDL-weighted trucks, passenger vehicles pulling trailers. recreational vehicles, and motorcycles.

NHMTA Important Tractor Trailer Ban Notice

Reporting Agency: Transcom to Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Incident Type: Tractor Trailer ban

Location: Various corridors in downstate NY

Initial/Final report (March 21, 2018 Effective 8:00AM EDT):

• Effective 8:00AM: The NY State DOT advised that a full tractor trailer ban will go into effect on the NY State Thruway System from Exit 17 (I-84) to the NYC Line (including the Mario Cuomo Bridge), I-287/Cross Westchester Expressway, I-95/New England Thruway from exit 8 (Bronx) to the CT State Line. The ban also includes I-84 and I-684 end to end. The ban will be enforced by the NY State Police; there are no plans for checkpoints at the respective state borders.

• Pending

Additional: Pending

For road weight restrictions in New Hampshire Click on “Special Events” for the listing in NH (preview yellow, orange and black flags for roads with weight restrictions.

The Ministère reminds users of heavy vehicles and shippers that the authorized load limits are reduced during the thaw period on all public roads. This is done every year to account for the road network’s lower bearing capacity during this period.
Official dates for 2018 (Updated March 1)
Zone 1
From Monday, March 5 (00:01) to Friday, May 4 (23:59)
Aimed dates for 2018 (Updated March 1)
Zone 2
From Monday, March 19 (00:01) to Friday, May 18 (23:59)
Zone 3
From Monday, March 26 (00:01) to Friday, May 25 (23:59)
Depending on the changes in weather conditions, the start and end of the load restriction period may be moved ahead or postponed.

thaw report