I don't know if it's the same newt, but it's out there crossing the road probably 2-3 mornings out of the week.
I recently attended Lisa Brooks' talk @ Keene on regional indigenous continuity. She reminds us that many of the reptiles & amphibians we see smashed on our roadways are simply following very old pathways that new roadways interrupt & endanger.
What I call "my road" has been a human path for only a couple hundred years. "Newt Friend" might very well be wondering what the heck these giant new interlopers are up to lately.
PS. Now there's another subject worthy of some study -- Newts? Red efts? Red spotted newts? Everyone calls 'em by different names. Wikipedia to the rescue:
Well there you go -- so the striking orange critters I meet along my road are basically ramblin' teenagers, out looking for a new home.