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The Vermont Statutes Online

The Vermont Statutes Online have been updated to include the actions of the 2023 session of the General Assembly.

NOTE: The Vermont Statutes Online is an unofficial copy of the Vermont Statutes Annotated that is provided as a convenience.

Title 23 : Motor Vehicles

Chapter 013 : Operation of Vehicles

Subchapter 003 : Use of Roadway

(Cite as: 23 V.S.A. § 1042)
  • § 1042. Restricting the use of town highways

    (a) The legislative body of a municipality may, with the approval of the Secretary of Transportation, designate highways and bridges under its control, except for class 1 town highways, for use by specified types of motor vehicles based on volume and type of traffic and character of the neighborhood. However, when the legislative body of a municipality requests in writing, the Secretary of Transportation may set the weight limit on a class 1 town highway at less than the State highway limit under section 1392 of this title if a reasonable alternative route is available for those vehicles traveling at the State highway limit. When a highway or bridge has been so restricted, signs shall be placed in accordance with the provisions of section 1397 of this title.

    (b) In making the determination as to whether a reasonable alternative route is available, the Secretary of Transportation shall, at a minimum, consider the following factors:

    (1) whether the alternative routing will reduce or relieve traffic congestion in a downtown area;

    (2) whether the alternative routing will enhance safety;

    (3) the length of the alternative route and any increase in time made necessary by use of the alternative route; and

    (4) whether an adverse effect has been created relative to the quiet enjoyment and property values of persons living along the alternative route.

    (c) Any decision of the Secretary made under this section may be appealed, in writing, to the Transportation Board within 30 days of the Secretary’s decision. The Transportation Board shall decide the question within 45 days of receipt of the appeal, and may take evidence or testimony.

    (d) [Repealed.] (Added 1989, No. 121, § 20b, eff. June 22, 1989; amended 1995, No. 119 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; 1999, No. 154 (Adj. Sess.), § 16; 2007, No. 164 (Adj. Sess.), § 63; 2019, No. 131 (Adj. Sess.), § 175; 2021, No. 20, § 239; 2021, No. 105 (Adj. Sess.), § 418, eff. July 1, 2022.)