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Vermont's "Safe Roads At Safe Speeds" Policy Explained

02/01/11 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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A stretch of 89 near Montpelier, January 2011.
Vermonters are accustomed to contending with hairy winter weather.  But road conditions are a constant source of anxiety and concern for some drivers.  Vermont's snow and ice removal policy does not require the bare roads, but rather "safe roads at safe speeds." But what exactly does that mean? We talk to Scott Rogers, director of the Operations Division at the Agency of Transportation about the policy, which has been around since 1981, but has come under fire recently after several big snowstorms sent cars and trucks sliding off major roadways. We look at the strategy behind the plowing, sanding and salting, how well it's working, and at what it would take for the state to adopt a bare roads policy. Do you think Vermont does a good job keeping the roads safe in the winter?

Also on the program, Farmers' Night began at the Vermont State House in the early 1900s. It's a mid-week entertainment performance held throughout the legislative session. State Curator David Schutz explains how and why Farmers' Night got started, and looks back at some of the more memorable performances from the series.


And we take a trip to Lake Morey for Ice Fishing 101.


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Related Links

Farmers' Night Schedule VTRANS Traveler Information Website and phone number: 802-828-2648
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