ATVs granted highway access in time to save North Country festival this weekend
Monday's announcement coincides with this weekend's Jericho ATV Festival. For years, town officials have opened local roads to ATV use, especially for an event such as the Jericho festival.
"Allowing off-road vehicles to travel on state highways will help make New Hampshire's unparalleled ATV-riding experiences an even greater success," Hassan said in prepared remarks.
Christopher Gamache, chief of the state Bureau of Trails, said legislation was enacted about a year ago to allow permits for ATV use on state highways. He said both the state Department of Transportation and State Police must sign off on the permits; the DOT does not want ATVs on any stretch of highway where the speed limit exceeds 40 mph.
"Riding on the highway is going to be a new experience for OHRV users, and riders and motorists need to be aware of one another," Gamache said. He said it will be important for the ATV users to pay attention to signs.
Altogether, about 17 1/2 miles of highways will be open to off-road vehicle use, complementing between 800 and 1,000 miles of ATV trails, he said.
The Trails Bureau website — nhtrails.org — is expected to be updated with the road routes early next week.
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