Speed Limit Changes on Route 49

Changes to the speed limit on Route 49. What you need to know.

Over the last two days you may have noticed that the NH DOT has been working along Route 49, from Campton to Waterville Valley. (They were also working on Route 175 and Route 3) You may have also noticed is that the 40 mph signs have been replaced with 50 mph signs. (It was news to us too!)

In certain sections of Route 49, in the areas most commonly known as the "S-Curves", yellow advisory (recommended) speed limit signs and directional arrows on the curves were put in place. What do these mean?

Well take a moment to think back to your drivers education days. If you have forgotten, well here is a little refresher.

Understand the Meaning of the Two Different Speed Signs. One is a regulatory speed limit sign. The other is an advisory (recommended) speed sign. Remember the Basic Colors...black and white are used for regulation, yellow is used for warnings.

Regulatory speed limit signs are rectangular and have black letters and numerals on a white background. Speed limit signs tell you the legal allowable limits. You may drive at this speed when conditions allow, but basically you must not exceed the limit under any circumstances.

Advisory speed signs have black letters on a yellow background. Advisory speed signs are often seen under a warning sign and typically placed at sharp curves, exits, or exit ramps. Advisory speed signs tell you that conditions ahead may make it unsafe to drive at a faster speed. You should slow down to the recommended speed. In bad weather or heavy traffic, you should reduce speed even more. An advisory speed sign is not enforced in the same way as a regulatory speed limit sign.

You should, however, be aware that if you exceed the recommended speed and have an accident, it may be argued that you violated the basic speed law or general speed restriction and were driving too fast for conditions. Always drive what is considered reasonable and prudent, under the law.

If you have any questions, please feel to contact the Department of Public Safety or the NH DOT District 3.

Thank you and have a great weekend!

Contact Information:
David Noyes