Route 108 is a narrow, winding road through Smugglers’ Notch between Stowe and Cambridge, Vermont. The tricky passage is not recommended for buses and RVs, and tractor-trailers are banned from the notch. Nonetheless, some trucks get stuck every year trying to get through, despite the warning signs, when they become wedged against boulders in the tight turns. In some cases it can take hours to remove a stuck truck and reopen the road.
The Vermont FY2017 Transportation Bill significantly increased fines for trucks that get stuck in Smugglers’ Notch, starting in July 2016, but trucks and tour buses have continued to ignore signs and tie up traffic.
- Notch blocker get hefty fine (News & Citizen, October 5, 2017)
- Smugglers Notch blocked by truck; driver fined (Burlington Free Press, October 3, 2017)
- Last throes of autumn: truck stuck in Notch (Stowe Reporter, November 23, 2016)
- Record year for Notch blockers? Stuck-bus outbreak is the latest concern (Stowe Reporter, November 23, 2016)
- Truck stuck on Notch Road for 4 hours (Burlington Free Press, September 2, 2016)
- Vermont legislature passes bill to increase truck fines on Smugglers’ Notch (Commercial Carrier Journal, July 11, 2016)
- Truckers who get stuck in Smugglers Notch could be fined (Washington Times, June 4, 2016)
- Governor Shumlin signs $613 million FY2017 Transportation Bill (Vermont Biz, June 2, 2016)
- Truck stuck in Smugglers Notch (Burlington Free Press, June 1, 2016)