Utah State Route 45

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State Route 45
Route information
Defined by Utah Code §72-4-110
Maintained by UDOT
Length: 40.028 mi[1] (64.419 km)
Existed: 1925 as a state highway; 1927 as SR-45 – present
Major junctions
South end: Dragon Road near Bonanza
North end: US-40 in Naples
Highway system
  • State highways in Utah
SR-44 SR-46

State Route 45 (SR-45) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Utah. It runs from Dragon Road south of Bonanza in Uintah County north to US-40 in Naples, south of Vernal. The route spans 40.03 miles (64.42 km) south–north.

The route was added to the state highway system in 1925 and numbered in 1927, originally running from US-40 southeast to the Colorado state line. Subsequently, the highway was moved to a new road in 1943, truncated to Bonanza in 1968, and again moved and extended in 1982.

Route description[edit]

The route begins at the intersection of Dragon Road south of Bonanza as a two-lane undivided road. From there, it heads north-northwest and passes through Bonanza. Past the settlement, the route goes in a northwest direction for the rest of its path and enters in Naples as 1500 East, where it terminates at US-40.[2]

History[edit]

The road now known as Snake John Reef Road, running southeast from SR-6 (US-40) to the state line, was added to the state highway system in 1925[3] and numbered SR-45 in 1927.[4] Across the state line, this connected with the original alignment of State Highway 64.[5][6] In 1943, the route was shifted west, now following Old Bonanza Highway from US-40 south to Bonanza.[7] An extension south to the state line via Dragon was added in 1945,[8] with an unnumbered unimproved road (briefly State Highway 395[citation needed]) continuing over Baxter Pass to US 50 near Mack, Colorado.[9] The same year, State Route 207 was created as a short spur, now Bitter Creek Road, to Rainbow.[10] The State Road Commission removed these 1945 additions from the state highway system in 1968, cutting SR-45 back to Bonanza.[11]

The commission proposed in 1957, and the legislature approved in 1961, the creation of State Route 264 from the Red Wash Oil Field north to US-40 at Jensen.[12] However, the road was given back to Uintah County in 1969.[13] Subsequently, the county constructed and improved two roads, one running southeast from US-40 near Naples to former SR-264, and the other continuing from old SR-264 west of the oil field to SR-45. Both of these became part of SR-45 in 1982, when that route was moved farther west, keeping only a short piece of the 1943 alignment near Bonanza. It was simultaneously extended back south from Bonanza, across the White River, to its present terminus near the White River Mine (oil shale).[14]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Uintah County. [15]

Location[15] mi[1] km Destinations Notes
0.000 0.000 Dragon Road Southern terminus
Naples 40.028 64.419 US-40 (Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway) – Vernal Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State Route 45 Highway reference". Utah Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Google Maps". Google. 
  3. ^ Utah State Legislature (1925). Chapter 71: Designation of State Roads. Session Laws of Utah. (k) From Heber City [...] to Duchesne. From a point approximately eight (8) miles west of the "K" ranch on the Victory highway, thence in a southeasterly direction to the Colorado State line, a distance of ten and four tenths (10.4) miles. 
  4. ^ Utah State Legislature (1927). Chapter 21: Designation of State Roads. Session Laws of Utah. 45. From a point on the State highway east of Vernal and approximately eight (8) miles west of the Utah-Colorado State line, thence in a southerly direction about ten and a half (10½) miles to the Utah-Colorado State line. 
  5. ^ Colorado Department of Transportation, Highways to the Sky: A Context and History of Colorado's Highway System: "Appendix C2: Scheme for Colorado State Highways, Federal Aid System, May 14, 1923" (PDF).  (245 KB): "No. 64: Meeker down White River via Rangeley, to Utah State Line."
  6. ^ Rand McNally & Company, Texaco Road Map: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, 1937
  7. ^ Utah State Legislature (1943). Chapter 45: Highways. Session Laws of Utah. Route 45. From Junction on route 6 east of Vernal at Powder Springs Wash south to Bonanza, approximately 23 miles. 
  8. ^ Utah State Legislature (1945). Chapter 61: State Roads and Routes. Session Laws of Utah. Route 45. From route 6 east of Vernal at Powder Springs Wash south via Bonanza, Watson and Dragon to the Utah-Colorado state line. 
  9. ^ Utah State Road Commission (Rand McNally), Utah Official Highway Map, 1956
  10. ^ Utah State Legislature (1945). Chapter 61: State Roads and Routes. Session Laws of Utah. Route 207. From Watson on route 45 southwesterly to Rainbow. 
  11. ^ Utah Department of Transportation, Highway Resolutions: "Route 207".  (1.24 MB), updated November 2007, accessed May 2008
  12. ^ Utah State Legislature (1961). Chapter 58: Designation of State Roads. Session Laws of Utah. Route 264. From the Red Wash Oil Field Housing Development, northerly to route 6 near Jensen. 
  13. ^ Utah Department of Transportation, Highway Resolutions: "Route 264".  (1.62 MB), updated December 2007, accessed May 2008
  14. ^ Utah Department of Transportation, Highway Resolutions: "Route 45".  (3.25 MB), updated October 2007, accessed May 2008
  15. ^ "State Highway Map". Utah Department of Transportation. Retrieved 6 July 2008.