Because It's Friday

Stowe Rotary holds Smugglers Notch Stuckage Raffle

Guess the date and time!

If your guess is the closest to the time and date when the first truck gets stuck in Smugglers Notch you will be the lucky winner of the 50/50 raffle. All proceeds go to support the Stowe Rotary Scholarship Fund. Play as many times as you like between now and within 24 hours of the first stuckage.

The History

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has an internal word for when a tractor-trailer wedges itself on the windy mountain road between Stowe and Jeffersonville: a “stuckage.”

And while they’re working on a handful of ways to prevent stuck trucks, it remains a persistent, vaguely goofy, problem. Last year, not too long after the Notch road reopened from its annual winter hibernation, two trucks got stuck in the Notch in less than two weeks.

From 2009 to 2021, an average of 8.6 trucks have gotten stuck in the Notch each year, according to data from the Vermont Agency of Transportation. That number has decreased in recent years, with only five stuckages in 2021.

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