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For Immediate Release
January 17, 2020
Eileen P. Meaney, Chief Communications Officer (603) 271-6495
Parking is Not Permitted along State Highways Which Would Interfere with Winter Maintenance Operations
A Reminder to Visitors in the White Mountains

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) reminds residents and visitors that parking is not permitted on state maintained roads which will impact or prevent snow removal operations.

NH State law (RSA 262:32) allows for the towing of any vehicle that is "obstructing snow removal or highway maintenance operations." Additionally, residents and visitors are reminded there is no parking at any time along any Interstate highway, including I-93 (Franconia Notch Parkway) in Franconia Notch.

In the past this issue has arisen in the White Mountains Region when hikers heading for recreation in the mountains have hindered winter maintenance operations by parking on the side of state roads blocking travel lanes. This has resulted in traffic and winter maintenance vehicles being forced to travel in the opposing lane, which is unsafe. Visitors are strongly encouraged to park only in designated parking areas. With the increase in recreational visitors, the NHDOT wants to avoid conflicts between parked vehicles and maintenance operations which may adversely impact the visitors' experience in the state.

If a vehicle is encountered which impacts snow removal activities, NHDOT will contact state or local law enforcement agents to visit the location. It is at the discretion of Police on what action is taken, which may result in a ticket or the vehicle being towed at the owner's expense.


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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