Dot Training In Nh

Written by Shirley Parker
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The New Hampshire Department of Transportation has existed for a century, according to its website. However, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission provides other interesting details. The state's first attempt to regulate transportation occurred after 1838 when each county was authorized by statute to appoint commissioners with restricted powers over railroads. New Hampshire was, in fact, the first state to attempt transportation regulation.

By 1844, the county boards became a consolidated State Board of Railroad Commissioners, again a "first in the nation." The state board functioned until 1911, when the legislature created the Public Service Commission. The new commission supervised and regulated public utilities and railroads and retained its name until 1951, when it became the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

Not until 1985 did the governor establish a Department of Transportation (DOT). At that time, the PUC's transportation responsibilities were transferred to the DOT. These supervisory and regulatory functions applied and still apply to railroads, passenger carriers, toll bridges, toll roads, and motor vehicles and carriers hauling household goods or other property for hire.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation Today

NHDOT is responsible for many planning, construction, and maintenance projects, and provides much information to the public and to businesses. The more mundane but essential includes notification of contractor paving work on state highways, week-long lane closures involving state and federal routes, rehabilitation of bridges, realignment of damaged sections of road, and much more. DOT provides traveler information, news releases, and information for any firm needing to conduct business with NHDOT. They are currently at work identifying future transportation needs.


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