Utah State Route 24

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State Route 24 marker

State Route 24
Capitol Reef Scenic Byway
Route information
Defined by Utah Code §72-4-108
Maintained by UDOT
Length: 163.294 mi[1] (262.796 km)
Existed: 1910 as a state highway; 1927 as SR-24 – present
Major junctions
West end: US‑50 in Salina
  SR‑118 in Sigurd
SR‑62 at Plateau Junction
SR‑25 near Fish Lake
SR‑72 near Loa
SR‑12 in Torrey
SR‑95 in Hanksville
East end: I‑70 / US‑50 near Green River
Highway system
SR‑23 SR‑25

State Route 24 (SR-24) is a state highway in south central Utah which runs south from Salina through Sevier County then east through Wayne County and north east through Emery County. A portion of the highway has been designated the Capitol Reef Scenic Byway as part of the Utah Scenic Byways program.[2]

Route description[edit]

The highway starts at US-50 near Salina and ends at I-70 near Green River, taking a 160-mile (260 km) scenic route between the Fishlake and Dixie National Forests then through Capitol Reef National Park, along the eastern side of the San Rafael Reef passing Goblin Valley State Park and meeting I-70 again near Green River. Along the way, it passes through the towns of Loa, Lyman, Bicknell, Torrey and Hanksville.

Portion of Capitol Reef along SR-24

The Mars Society established the Mars Desert Research Station just outside of Hanksville, due to its Mars-like terrain .[citation needed]

The north easterly section past the San Rafael Reef is open desert with distant views of the Henry and La Sal Mountains.[1]

Traffic volume[edit]

SR-24 between Torrey and Hanksville

The Average Daily Traffic (AADT) for SR-24 is at its greatest between Salina and Sigurd, where it varies between 3,085 down to 1,500 at the Junction with SR-118. Past that point, the volume of traffic varies greatly, reaching peaks where the highway coincides with the main streets in the several towns through which it passes. In Loa, the AADT reaches 2,080, in Torrey, it peaks at 1,230. Then the traffic dies down to 295 by the time SR-24 arrives back at I-70.[3]

History[edit]

The road from SR-11 (by 1926 US-89) at Sigurd southeast and east to Hanksville became a state highway in 1910 (Wayne County) and 1912 (Piute and Sevier Counties).[4] The number was assigned in 1927 by the state legislature,[5] and in 1935 it was extended northeast from Hanksville to US-6 near Green River.[6]

A realignment in 1961 bypassed Capitol Reef Road between Fruita and Caineville; as part of the construction of I-70, the east end was moved west to that highway's exit 149 in 1964. SR-24 was extended north from its west end over former US-89 to present-day US-89 in 1969, and cut back slightly to its current end at US-50 in the 1977 renumbering.[4] (The 1969 extension was signed as part of US-89 until 1992, soon after I-70 was completed.[7])

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Sevier Salina 0.000 0.000 US‑50 (Main Street) – Scipio Western terminus
Aurora 5.301 8.531 SR‑260 north
Sigurd 7.705 12.400 SR‑259 north to I‑70
8.165 13.140 SR‑118 south – Richfield
Glenwood 16.006 25.759 SR‑119 west – Richfield
Plateau Junction 32.310 51.998 SR‑62 south – Junction
Piute Fish Lake 39.094 62.916 SR‑25 north
Wayne Loa 51.575 83.002 SR‑72 north to I‑70
Torrey 69.526 111.891 SR‑12 south – Escalante
Hanksville 116.484 187.463 SR‑95 south – Blanding
Emery Green River 159.811–
160.234
257.191–
257.872
I‑70 / US‑50 – Richfield, Green River
160.294 257.968 Four Corners Mine Road Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c UDOT Highway Reference, SR-24
  2. ^ "Capitol Reef Scenic Byway". Utah.com. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 
  3. ^ "2005 Traffic On Utah Highways," page 12. - Dept. of Transportation @ Utah.gov
  4. ^ a b Utah Department of Transportation, Highway Resolutions: Route 24 PDF (17.9 MB), updated September 2007, accessed May 2008
  5. ^ Utah State Legislature (1927). "Chapter 21: Designation of State Roads". Session Laws of Utah. "24. From Sigurd southeasterly via Plateau Junction, Loa and Fruita to Hanksville." 
  6. ^ Utah State Legislature (1935). "Chapter 37: Designation of State Roads". Session Laws of Utah. "Route 24. From Sigurd southeasterly via Plateau Junction, Loa and Fruita to Hanksville, thence northeasterly to Green River on route 8." 
  7. ^ Utah Department of Transportation, Highway Resolutions: Route 70 PDF (17.4 MB), updated November 2007, accessed May 2008