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For Immediate Release
January 13, 2015
Bill Boynton
Public Information Office
(603) 271-6495
Motorist Safety Patrol Expanding to Spaulding Turnpike
Roadside Assistance from Portsmouth to Rochester

Motorists stranded with minor vehicle problems on the Spaulding Turnpike from Portsmouth to Rochester will soon find help. Beginning Wednesday January 14, 2015, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) is introducing a Service Patrol truck for the Spaulding Turnpike during early morning and afternoon commuting hours.

The goal is to improve safety along the corridor and reduce the potential for significant traffic tie-ups by clearing minor incidents, such as flat tires, charging a battery or vehicle overheating, as quickly as possible. Minor incidents like flat tires and running out of fuel on a congested highway have the potential to cause secondary incidents. Motorist Safety Patrols (MSP) can help reduce the potentially significant impacts of otherwise minor incidents by lending assistance to stranded motorists. The MSP will communicate with the NHDOT's Traffic Management Center (TMC) in Concord, which has direct contact with NH State Police and other emergency responders.

The MSP will operate during the winter months in the early morning and late afternoon hours Monday through Friday, 5:30 - 8:00 AM and 3:30 - 6:00 PM, and during the summer months on Monday through Thursday, 5:30 - 8:00 AM and 3:30 - 6:00 PM, on Friday from 5:30 - 8:00 AM and 3:30 -7:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, and on Sundays 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Extra coverage may be added on holidays and for special events.

This service is an extension of the public-private partnership between the NHDOT's Bureau of Turnpikes and State Farm® Insurance for sponsorship of the Motorist Safety Patrol on Interstate 95 (Blue Star Turnpike). As part of the sponsorship program, the MSP vehicle will include the State Farm logo as well as enhanced, highly-reflective safety markings to make the vehicle more visible to motorists, especially at night. The sponsorship will also include highway signs indicating patrol areas along the covered routes.

For more information on the Motor Service Patrol program, visit and

New Hampshire Department of Transportation
PO Box 483 | 7 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH | 03302-0483
Tel: 603.271-3734 | Fax: 603.271.3914

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