Utah State Route 18

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State Route 18
Legacy Loop Highway
Route information
Defined by Utah Code §72-4-107
Maintained by UDOT
Length: 51.005 mi[1] (82.085 km)
Existed: 1918 as a state highway; 1927 as SR-18 – present
Major junctions
South end: I‑15 in St. George
  SR‑34 in St. George
SR‑8 in St. George
SR‑219 in Enterprise
North end: SR‑56 at Beryl Junction
Highway system
SR-17 SR-19

State Route 18 (SR-18) is a state highway in southern Utah, running for 51.005 miles (82.085 km) in Washington and Iron Counties from St. George to Beryl Junction. It forms part of the Legacy Loop Highway from St. George to Parowan.[2] The highway closely follows the route of the Old Spanish Trail through Dixie National Forest.

Route description[edit]

St. George to Veyo[edit]

SR-18 begins at Convention Center/Sunland Drive just south of the Bluff Street interchange with I-15 in St. George and heads north through the west side of downtown St. George. It continues north through Snow Canyon State Park and continues northwest through Wide Canyon to Dammeron Valley and past Veyo Volcano. It then turns north into Veyo, running through the center of the town.[1]

Veyo to Beryl Junction[edit]

SR-18 leaves Veyo heading northeast to Central, then continues north and northwest through mountainous terrain in the Dixie National Forest past the Mountain Meadows Massacre site and continues into Enterprise. It turns northeast in eastern Enterprise, then turns north through farmland outside of the town to Beryl Junction, where it ends at an intersection with SR-56.

History[edit]

The highway closely follows the route of the Old Spanish Trail through the extreme corner of southwestern Utah.[3] This portion of the trail is known for the 1857 Mountain Meadows massacre, a controversial event in both Utah and Mormon history which occurred just off what is now SR-18.

The road from SR-1 (by 1926 US-91) at Enterprise Junction north through Enterprise to Modena was added to the state highway system in 1918.[4] A 1927 law gave it the number and extended it west to the Nevada state line, where it became SR 25 to Panaca.[5] In 1935, the portion from Beryl Junction west to Nevada became an extension of SR-56, which ran east from Beryl Junction to Cedar City.[6] A branch from Enterprise west to Nevada, where SR 75 continued as a shortcut to Panaca, was added to SR-18 in 1941,[7] but split off as SR-120 in 1945.[8] At the southern end of the route, SR-18 was extended over US-91 in 1969 toward future I-15 (which was replacing US-91). A further extension to I-15 at exit 6 was made in 1974, replacing the south half of SR-34.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Washington Saint George 0.000 0.000 Frontage Road Southern terminus
0.043–
0.289
0.069–
0.465
I‑15Las Vegas, Salt Lake City Exit 6 on I-15
2.103 3.384 SR‑34 east (Saint George Boulevard)
3.181 5.119 SR‑8 west (Sunset Boulevard) – Santa Clara
Enterprise 40.338 64.918 SR‑219 west (Main Street)
Iron Beryl Junction 51.005 82.085 SR‑56 – Modena, Cedar City Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c UDOT Highway Reference, SR-18
  2. ^ Utah Highways, SR-18
  3. ^ Utah Travel Council (1978). Southwestern Utah Multipurpose Map (Map). 1:250000. 5 of 8. Cartography by AAA Engineering and Drafting. Section B4.
  4. ^ a b Utah Department of Transportation, Highway Resolutions: Route 18 PDF (2.49 MB), updated September 2007, accessed May 2008
  5. ^ Utah State Legislature (1927). "Chapter 21: Designation of State Roads". Session Laws of Utah. "18. From Enterprise Junction near St. George, northerly via Central, and Enterprise to Modena, thence, westerly to the Nevada State line." 
  6. ^ Utah State Legislature (1935). "Chapter 37: Designation of State Roads". Session Laws of Utah. "Route 18. From Enterprise Junction on route 1, near St. George, northerly via Central and Enterprise to Modena Junction on route 56." "Route 56. From Cedar City westerly via Newcastle and Modena to the Utah-Nevada state line." 
  7. ^ Utah State Legislature (1941). "Chapter 34". Session Laws of Utah. 
  8. ^ Utah State Legislature (1945). "Chapter 61: State Roads and Routes". Session Laws of Utah. "Route 120. From Enterprise on route 18 westerly via Terry's Ranch to the Utah-Nevada state line."