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Buses, trucks, and cars are on the road in full force as the highly traveled Memorial Day weekend kicks off. According to AAA, nearly 43 million Americans will travel this holiday weekend, a 3.6% increase from last year.

VTBA Border Crossing With Enhanced Licenses

Dear Member,

Recently we had a member contact Vermont Truck and Bus Association office with a concern about crossing into Canada (and returning to Vermont) using an Enhanced Driver’s License (CDL).  Motor carrier members might begin to encounter difficulties with drivers who have been issued Enhanced Licenses from the Vermont DMV going through the renewal process.  This is what is happening:  Central Issuing (using an out of state vendor) is mailing licenses, after drivers finish the renewal process, to CDL (and non-CDL) operators.  What this means is that a driver will begin the renewal process by going into a DMV, completing the required forms and paying the required fee.  At this point, the driver must surrender their current license (valid or expired) and in exchange will receive a temporary paper copy.  This temporary Enhanced license cannot be used as ID when returning to the US from Canada as it is not a government-issued photo ID.  The expected turnaround for drivers to receive their new license is 7– 10 business days, which means 7 – 10 business days that drivers might not beable to perform their regular route (if that includes going into Canada). The reason for this email is two part:

Does your business model include delivering or picking up freight in/out of Canada:  Yes      No

If Yes, do you see the situation described above as being problematic?  If so, would you be willing to engage in conversation with VT DMV to enact a resolution that works for industry?

FYI – in NH this problem was resolved by the NH DMV clipping the corner of the valid license and returning to the license holder. 

Please see reference below from the US Customs and Border Protection website regarding temporary license.

U.Temporary Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL)

Can I use a temporary Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) receipt for the EDL to travel while I’m waiting for the official card?

No. A temporary Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or receipt provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is not a valid travel document.

Please give your feedback to Vera Tucker in the VTBA office, 802-479-1778, or vera@vtba.org.

Thank you!

Robert J. Sculley

Executive Director Vermont Truck & Bus Association

Inspectors to focus on steering, suspension during June’s Roadcheck inspection blitz

The annual International Roadcheck 72-hour inspection blitz will be held June 4-6 with a focus on steering and suspension systems.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, which conducts the event each year, says steering and suspension are critical for all commercial vehicles.

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VTBA Route closure in Montreal

Dear Member,

If you are traveling to Montreal, please be aware that Galipeau Bridge on A-20 is closed due to flooding. The toll on A-30 has been removed until the bridge is reopened, for all vehicles including trucks.

Please see attached maps and other instructions below.

From: “Henry, Dave” <dave.henry@transports.gouv.qc.ca>
Date: April 27, 2019 at 9:23:36 AM EDT
To: “Henry, Dave” <dave.henry@transports.gouv.qc.ca>
Subject: closure and detour in the Western part of Montreal

Good morning,

This message is addressed to carriers and drivers that must travel in the Western part of  Montreal this weekend:

Because of the multiple floods in the area, the MInistère desTransports closed the Galipeau bridge on A-20 between Ile-Perrot and the Montreal Island (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue). All vehicles are detoured on A-30 and A-40 but users are invited to avoid the area, if possible.

In order to offer an alternative route and to maintain fluidity, TheMinistere exceptionally removed the toll on A-30 until the bridge is reopened, for all vehicles including trucks.

A map of the detour and the original French version of the notice is attached and for updates, please visit  Québec 511

This is effective now for an indefinite period.

We would appreciate if you could circulate this information to your members and partners.

Dave Henry
Directeur des politiques économiques

Direction générale de la sécurité et du camionnage

Ministère des Transports du Québec

NH DOT Detours and Closures

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces a planned westbound detour for traffic on NH Route 9 in Hopkinton is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. This detour is necessary to allow for preservation work on the NH Route 9/US 202bridges over Elm Brook and the Contoocook River that is located between I-89Exit 5 and NH Route 127.

Beginning April 16th, motorists seeking to travel west on NH 9/US 202 will be directed to Exit 6 and across NH 127 to return back to NH 9/US 202. This westbound detour is expected to be in place for about three months.

There will be no detour of NH 9/US 202 eastbound traffic.

The preservation work on both bridges includes replacement of the bridge deck pavements and membranes, deck repairs, replacement of expansion joints, and complete repainting of the structural steel.



The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces plans to close the northbound and southbound Open Road Toll lanes at the Hampton Toll Plaza on Interstate 95 for routine maintenance within the Open Road Toll (ORT)lanes.

The ORT lane closure is scheduled for the night of Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00 pm until 5:00 am on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

All motorists will be guided via signs and traffic cones to the non-ORT portion of the Hampton Toll Plaza where they will process through either the dedicated E-ZPass lanes or cash lanes.


The NewHampshire 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 workentails replacing the existing NH Route 9 bridge over Otter Brook, and rehabilitating the Centre Street Bridge over Otter Brook.

Colchester I-89 Bridges Project Public Information Meeting – Vermont AOT

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Milton Municipal Building

Community Room

43 Bombardier Road, Milton, VT 05468

The Colchester I-89 Bridges Projectis rehabilitating four bridges along I-89 in Colchester, Vermont. The four bridges are identified as 76 North, 76 South,

77 North and 77 South located between I-89 exits 16 and 17 in Colchester, Vermont. The project will replace the existing heavily deteriorated bridge decks with new precast deck panels. Concrete will be replaced on the bridge back walls and approach slabs, and minor steel and concrete repairs will be completed on the abutments and piers.

This project is time-sensitive and phased construction methods will be used to maintain two-way traffic on I-89throughout the duration of construction.

Presentation to include:

  • Bridge 76 and Bridge 77 Replacement Overview
  • Construction Schedule
  • Crossover Traffic Pattern Changes and Detour Routes
  • Sources of Additional Information

We look forward to hearing from you!

The project team will be available to answer questions and address comments.

Telephone Hotline: (802)595-4399