Utah State Route 95

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State Route 95 marker

State Route 95
Bicentennial Highway
Route information
Defined by Utah Code §72-4-115
Maintained by UDOT
Length: 121.351 mi[1] (195.296 km)
Existed: 1935 – present
Major junctions
West end: SR‑24 in Hanksville
  SR‑276 twice near Lake Powell
SR‑275 near Natural Bridges National Monument
SR‑261 near Abajo Mountains
East end: US‑191 south of Blanding
Highway system
SR-94 SR-96

State Route 95 or Bicentennial Highway is a state highway located in the southeast of the U.S. state of Utah. The highway is an access road for tourism in Lake Powell and does not serve any cities, except for the small town of Hanksville at its western terminus. Although the highway has existed since the 1930s as a primitive dirt road, it received its name as its dedication as a paved state highway coincided with the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976. The highway forms part of the Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway.

Hite Crossing Bridge and Colorado River

Route description[edit]

It runs 121 miles (195 km) west from the junction of U.S. Route 191 (4.3 miles south of the town of Blanding), to the junction of SR-24 in the town of Hanksville. It crosses Cottonwood Wash just west of the US-191 junction; follows and crosses White Canyon; and crosses the Colorado River and the northeast end of Lake Powell at Hite Crossing Bridge, near the confluence of the Dirty Devil River, which it crosses just two miles (3 km) later.

29 miles (47 km) west of the US-191 junction it meets State Route 261, 2 miles (3.2 km) west of there State Route 275 spurs off to the northwest to Natural Bridges National Monument, and it intersects with State Route 276 twice, on either side of Lake Powell.

It passes through the small community of Fry Canyon. Fry's Canyon (also referred to as Fry's Gulch) contains the only gas station between Hanksville and Blanding. A seasonal gas station is operation at the Hite Marina area during the summer months.

History[edit]

Vista along SR-95

SR-95 was added to the state highway system in 1935 as a spur connecting SR-47 (now US-191) near Blanding with Natural Bridges National Monument.[2] It was extended in 1949, crossing the Colorado River at Hite and continuing to SR-24 at Hanksville.[3] Except for a short piece near Blanding, the road remained unpaved through the 1960s.[4] The first major realignment was approved in 1962 and completed in 1966,[5] bypassing the old crossing at Hite, which is now flooded by Lake Powell, in favor of the new Hite Crossing Bridge.[6] The highway was improved and paved in time for the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976, and has since been known as the Bicentennial Highway.[7]

The Hite Crossing Bridge spanning the Colorado River

Major intersections[edit]

County Location[8] Mile[1] Junction Notes
Wayne County Hanksville 0 SR‑24 – Green River, Torrey
Garfield County 26.076 SR‑276 Lake Powell
33.3231 Hog Springs Rest Area
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area 41.176 Hite Overlook View Area
43.179 Information Area
43.823 Campgrounds
San Juan County 52.907 Lake Powell
56.714 View Area
83.517 SR‑276Lake Powell-Bullfrog Marina
91.137 SR‑275 Natural Bridges National Monument
92.931 SR‑261 – Mexican Hat, Bluff - Moki Dugway
96.995 Salvation Knoll View Area
101.425 Indian Ruins
107.170 Arch Canyon Campgrounds
110.768 Indian Ruins
115.001 Manti-La Sal National Forest Access
121.351 US‑191 – Blanding, Bluff

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Highway Descriptions - Route 0095". Utah Department of Transportation. 
  2. ^ Utah State Legislature (1935). "Chapter 37: Designation of State Roads". Session Laws of Utah. "Route 95. From Blanding westerly to Natural Bridges National Monument." 
  3. ^ Utah State Legislature (1949). "Chapter 48: Designation of State Roads". Session Laws of Utah. "Route 95. From Blanding on route 47 westerly via Natural Bridges National Monument to Hite; thence northerly to route 24 at Hanksville." 
  4. ^ H.M. Gousha Company, Road Atlas, 1967
  5. ^ Jack Goodman, New York Times, Unnatural Arches; Utah to Dedicate 3 Man-Made Spans In Natural Bridges Area on Friday, May 29, 1966, p. XX17
  6. ^ Utah Department of Transportation, Highway Resolutions: Route 95 PDF (6.99 MB), updated November 2007, accessed May 2008
  7. ^ "Bicentennial Highway". U.S. Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  8. ^ Benchmark Maps (2002). Utah Road and Recreation Atlas (Map). 1:170000. p. 88–91. ISBN 0-929591-74-7. http://www.benchmark.com.

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