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State requiring chained up trucks in snow on state Route 9

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BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont officials say truck drivers will now have to put snow chains on their tires before traveling state Route 9 in snowy and icy conditions.

The Bennington Banner reports state Agency of Transportation officials say two new designated pull-off areas in Bennington and Wilmington will allow truckers to pull over and apply the chains so they have better control as they drive over the mountain. The new "chain-up" areas have space for six tractor-trailers.

The state will require snow chains during winter weather if vehicles weigh 26,000 pounds or more.

The requirements are aimed at improving safety on Route 9, a winding route connecting Bennington with Brattleboro that has steep grades and windy turns.

Officials say the requirements will be enforced by police and the VTrans DMV enforcement unit.

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