Utah State Route 44

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State Route 44 marker

State Route 44
Flaming Gorge-Uintas Scenic Byway
Route information
Defined by Utah Code §72-4-110
Maintained by UDOT
Length: 27.995 mi[1] (45.054 km)
Existed: 1927 – present
Major junctions
South end: US‑191 at Greendale Junction
North end: SR‑43 in Manila
Highway system
SR‑43 SR‑45

State Route 44 (SR-44) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Utah that runs from US-191 at Greendale Junction, southwest of Dutch John, to SR-43 in Manila. The route spans 27.99 miles (45.05 km) as it straddles the southern and western border of the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, and, along with US-191 is part of the Flaming Gorge-Uintas Scenic Byway.

The highway was established in 1927, originally going from Manila to Greendale Junction and continuing south to Vernal. However, in 1981, the portion from Vernal to Greendale Junction was truncated in order to designate that road a part of US-191.

Route description[edit]

The route begins at the junction of US-191 on the southern boundary of the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, southwest of Dutch John. From there, the route heads west, continuing to straddle the southern boundary of Flaming Gorge. The highway turns northwest, now fully entering the National Recreation Area. Past Sheep Creek Loop Road, the route begins a more unpredictable path with many twists and turns, though remaining in a general northwest direction. The route continues north, exits Flaming Gorge, and continues north for 4.5 miles (7.2 km) before terminating at SR-43 in Manila.[1][2]

History[edit]

The road from SR-6 (US-40) in Vernal north to SR-43 in Manila, where one could continue to Wyoming, was added to the state highway system in about 1918 as a forest highway project,[3] completed in 1926,[4] and numbered SR-44 in 1927.[5] Two major realignments through the Ashley National Forest were made in 1966 and 1971, the first moving SR-44 to the northeast between a point south of Carter Creek and near Summit Springs, and the second moving it east between a point east of Summit Springs and Sheep Creek Gap. (The east–west road past Summit Springs was only a state highway between 1966 and 1971.) The final change was in 1981, when the part of SR-44 south of Greendale Junction was renumbered as part of US-191.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location[6] mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Daggett Greendale Junction 0.000 0.000 US‑191 – Vernal, Rock Springs Southern terminus
Manila 27.995 45.054 SR‑43 (Center Street) Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Bing

  1. ^ a b c "State Route 44 Highway reference". Utah Department of Transportation. 
  2. ^ "Google Maps". Google. 
  3. ^ Fifth Biennial Report, State Road Commission, 1917-1918, pp. 24-25
  4. ^ a b Utah Department of Transportation, Highway Resolutions: Route 44 PDF (8.92 MB), updated October 2007, accessed May 2008
  5. ^ Utah State Legislature (1927). Chapter 21: Designation of State Roads. Session Laws of Utah. 44. From Vernal northerly to Manila. 
  6. ^ "State Highway Map". Utah Department of Transportation. Retrieved 5 July 2008.