Drivers Reminded To Use Caution As Winter Wather Arrives

MONTPELIER - - The Agency of Transportation wants to remind Vermont motorist to use caution with the up coming winter season.

Most important is to slow down during winter weather conditions. The suggested maximum driving speed during a winter storm on the Interstate system is 45 MPH - with 40 MPH on primary state highways, and 35 MPH on rural or lightly traveled state highways.
And remember, roadways that appear to be bare pavement may be icy during winter weather conditions. Traveling too fast for conditions places you, your passengers, and motorists around you at unnecessary risk.
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Driving too fast for conditions is the leading cause of winter-weather crashes. said Agency of Transportation Secretary David Dill. So please slow down and leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles. Also, please do not crowd slow moving snow removal and other emergency vehicles. Plow drivers appreciate those who leave them plenty of room to do their work

Winter driving in Vermont

Pre-Trip Planning

Check road and weather conditions before leaving on any trip. Ask yourself if the trip is really necessary and always allow yourself extra time, even if the weather forecast looks good. Keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent the vehicle's fuel line from freezing.

Use Vermont's 511 travel information system this winter

Vermont motorists can also take advantage of Vermont's 511 travel information system this winter for travel conditions. Using the system is easy: simply dial 511 from your cell phone or go to the Web at or This system provides travel information about road conditions, weather, construction, accidents or any major delays that may be occurring.

Commercial Trucking News/Bulletins

No tractor-trailers are allowed at the Ticonderoga Ferry crossing between Shoreham, VT and Ticonderoga, NY as the ferry landing has very limited space. Tractor-trailer drivers are urged to find an alternative route to cross into New York.

History of the Agency of Transportation

The first state supervision of roads in Vermont came with the establishment of a Highway Commission in 1892.

The Highway Commission was supposed to conduct a two-year survey of the State's roads, but it ended up as a six-year survey. As a result of the commission, Act 65 of 1898 established a State Highway Commission, to supervise the state money to be paid out for permanent Highway construction.
Act 123 of 1921 established the first State Highway Board, which operated through the Commissioner of Highways. The Board's members were the Governor, who served as the chairman ex officio, and two others appointed with the advice and consent of the Senate.
Act 7 of 1923 established the Department of Highways, which was administered by the State Highway Board (the Governor, at this point, was no longer a member of the Board). The Department was responsible for administrative details and policy information.
Act 329 of 1960 brought an organizational change, and the Department of Highways was now made up of the Commissioner of Highways, the State Highway Board, and the Board of Public Works. Act 259 of the 1973 Adjourned Session established a Transportation Advisory Board, whose duty it was to assess the various organizations and financing alternatives for transportation within Vermont and to submit a tenyear plan to the 1975 general assembly.
Act 120 of 1975 established the first Agency of Transportation. It had four departments: Aeronautics; Highways; Motor Vehicles; and Bus, Rail, Waterways and Motor Carrier services. Attached to the Agency was a sevenmember Transportation Board that exercised functions of a policy-making, regulatory, or quasi-judicial nature related to transportation.
Act 269 of 1986 established the current organization. The Agency is under the direction and supervision of a Secretary who is appointed by the Governor along with the advice and consent of the Senate. It is comprised of the following: the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Divisions of Planning Outreach and Community Affiars; Finance and Administration; Operations; Program Development; and all other board, councils, committees, or components assigned to or created within the Agency. All transportation and transit authorities established by law or executive order are attached for administrative support to the Agency.
Act 150 of 1988 established that the Agency shall also respond in writing to concerns raised during Transportation Board hearings and inform the Joint Transportation Oversight Committee of any anticipated loss or reduction of federal funding for transportation purposes.
Act 175 of 1991 granted the Secretary of the Agency of Transportation the power to create divisions within the Agency, necessary to carry out laws. Directors appointed by the Secretary head each division.
The Agency administers the provisions of Titles 5 (Aeronautics and Surface Transportation), 19 (Highways), and 23 (Motor Vehicles), as well as other related provisions of the Law. The Agency has the authority and administrative jurisdiction to develop, promote, supervise, and support safe and adequate transportation services. It exercises general supervision of all transportation functions