to the Bangor Daily News, three weeks ago New Hampshire troopers
started cracking down on truckloads they say were ignoring the
state's road height limit: 13 feet, 6 inches. Now manufactured
homes cannot be hauled into the state, leaving families who bought
the homes in a quandary.
Department of Transportation spokesman Stephen Gray said the 13-foot
6-inch maximum height was adopted by the state in 1986. Gray reportedly
said New Hampshire allows for larger loads to be specially permitted,
but that the state requires an engineering review of the entire
route and must hold a public hearing before each special permit
said that the recent crackdown could be blamed largely on manufacturers,
which he believes have been listing false information on the permits
of the transported homes. "We're the target of a lot of blame,
but I really believe it's a little misdirected," Gray said
of New Hampshire.
-- a manufactured home -- is 14 feet, 2 inches now, what was it
last week?" When troopers discovered last week that manufactured
homes were exceeding the permitted height, they got out the tape
measures, he said.
routes for taller homes being considered by authorities. Possibilities
include I-89 and I-93 and state Routes 101, 125, 16 and 202. Truckers
also can deliver homes through Canada, but that route takes longer
and is more expensive.
the Daily News reported that sales of manufactured and modular
homes in Maine each year total about $80 million. As many as 100
homes have been ordered and could be affected if a solution between
New Hampshire and the manufacturers is not reached soon.
trucks loaded with manufactured and modular homes have been seen
at rest stops in southern Maine, waiting for a chance to enter