Popular trucker route in Utah to reopen

April 11, 2012

A scenic state highway in southern Utah popular with truckers traveling from Cedar City to U.S. 89 is scheduled to reopen to the public with limited access June 1 and full access by July 4, state transportation officials said.

Route 14, about eight miles east of Cedar City, was closed by a massive landslide in October. Some 1.5 million cubic yards of material slid down a steep ravine Oct. 8, destroying nearly a quarter mile of the highway. Crews have worked in recent weeks to remove dirt, rock and debris from state, The Spectrum of St. George reports.

The highway is used mostly to get to grazing land for cattle and Bryce Canyon National Park and is also used by truckers and tourists because it’s the most direct route from Cedar City to U.S. 89, which leads to the national park.

Last month, UDOT announced that limited public access to the closed section of road would be available on weekends after June 1. After a meeting with ranchers, UDOT announced a plan to increase that access to 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Thursday and from 5 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday starting June 1, with full access by July 4.

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