Utah State Route 14

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State Route 14
Markagunt High Plateau Scenic Byway
Map of Utah State Route 14
Route information
Defined by Utah Code §72-4-107
Maintained by UDOT
Length40.995 mi[1] (65.975 km)
Existed1912 as a state highway; 1920s as SR-14–present
Major junctions
West end SR-130 in Cedar City
  SR-148 near Cedar Breaks National Monument
East end US-89 at Long Valley Junction
Location
CountiesIron, Kane
Highway system
  • State highways in Utah
SR-13I-15

State Route 14 (SR-14) is a state highway in southern Utah, running for 40.995 miles (65.975 km) in Iron and Kane Counties from Cedar City to Long Valley Junction. The highway has been designated the Markagaunt High Plateau Scenic Byway as part of the Utah Scenic Byways program.

Route description[edit]

As the ascent up the Markagunt Plateau features steep grades and sharp curves the Utah Department of Transportation has prohibited all vehicles exceeding 12 feet (3.7 m) wide or 65 feet (19.8 m) long. All vehicles exceeding 8.5 feet (2.6 m) wide are required to have pilot escorts.[2]

SR-14 begins at an intersection with SR-130 in central Cedar City and heads east out of the city. It then turns southeast and climbs into the Markagunt Plateau, then intersects SR-148 to Cedar Breaks National Monument and Brian Head.[1] It then continues generally southeast past Navajo Lake and through Duck Creek Village before ending at an intersection with US-89 at Long Valley Junction.

History[edit]

The road from SR-1 (by 1926 US-91, now SR-130) in Cedar City to SR-11 (US-89) at Long Valley Junction was added to the state highway system in 1912 and numbered SR-14 in the 1920s.[3] A branch from Cedar Breaks Junction to Cedar Breaks National Monument was added in 1927,[4] but in 1931 it was renumbered SR-55, and is now part of SR-148.[5]

On October 8, 2011, a mountainside adjacent to the highway near mile marker 8 gave way and a landslide removed about 1300 feet of roadway, closing the highway for more than seven months. The road reopened to limited traffic on May 12 and was fully opened on August 4, 2012.[6] A similar incident took place in 1989, closing the highway for months until repairs were made.

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
IronCedar City0.0000.000 SR-130 (Main Street) – MinersvilleWestern terminus
Brian Head18.17229.245 SR-148 north (Cedar Breaks Scenic Byway) – Cedar Breaks National Monument, Brian HeadCedar Breaks National Monument
KaneLong Valley Junction40.99565.975 US-89 – Kanab, PanguitchEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c UDOT Highway Reference, SR-14
  2. ^ "State of Utah, Secondary Highways with Additional Restrictions" (PDF). Utah Motor Carrier Division / Utah Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-09-10. Retrieved 2007-11-17.
  3. ^ State Road Commission, Utah State Trunk Lines, 1923
  4. ^ Utah State Legislature (1927). "Chapter 21: Designation of State Roads". Session Laws of Utah. 14. From Cedar City southeasterly via Coal Creek canyon and Summit to Long Valley Junction; also from Summit to Cedar Breaks.
  5. ^ Utah State Legislature (1931). "Chapter 55: Designation of State Roads". Session Laws of Utah. (55) From Cedar Breaks junction on route 14 to Cedar Breaks.
  6. ^ http://www.udot.utah.gov/restore14/

External links[edit]

Media related to Utah State Route 14 at Wikimedia Commons

Route map:

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