Utah State Route 14

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State Route 14
Markagunt High Plateau Scenic Byway
Route information
Defined by Utah Code §72-4-107
Maintained by UDOT
Length: 40.995 mi[1] (65.975 km)
Existed: 1912 as a state highway; 1920s as SR-14 – present
Major junctions
West end: SR-130 in Cedar City
  SR-148 near Cedar Breaks National Monument
East end: US-89 at Long Valley Junction
Highway system
  • State highways in Utah
SR-13 I-15

State Route 14 (SR-14) is a state highway in southern Utah, running for 40.995 miles (65.975 km) in Iron and Kane Counties from Cedar City to Long Valley Junction. The highway has been designated the Markagaunt High Plateau Scenic Byway as part of the Utah Scenic Byways program.

Route description[edit]

As the ascent up the Markagunt Plateau features steep grades and sharp curves the Utah Department of Transportation has prohibited all vehicles exceeding 12 feet (3.7 m) wide or 65 feet (19.8 m) long. All vehicles exceeding 8.5 feet (2.6 m) wide are required to have pilot escorts.[2]

SR-14 begins at an intersection with SR-130 in central Cedar City and heads east out of the city. It then turns southeast and climbs into the Markagunt Plateau, then intersects SR-148 to Cedar Breaks National Monument and Brian Head.[1] It then continues generally southeast past Navajo Lake and through Duck Creek Village before ending at an intersection with US-89 at Long Valley Junction.

History[edit]

The road from SR-1 (by 1926 US-91, now SR-130) in Cedar City to SR-11 (US-89) at Long Valley Junction was added to the state highway system in 1912 and numbered SR-14 in the 1920s.[3] A branch from Cedar Breaks Junction to Cedar Breaks National Monument was added in 1927,[4] but in 1931 it was renumbered SR-55, and is now part of SR-148.[5]

On October 8, 2011, a mountainside adjacent to the highway near mile marker 8 gave way and a landslide removed about 1300 feet of roadway, closing the highway for more than seven months. The road reopened to limited traffic on May 12 and was fully opened on August 4, 2012.[6] A similar incident took place in 1989, closing the highway for months until repairs were made.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Iron Cedar City 0.000 0.000 SR-130 (Main Street) – Minersville Western terminus
Brian Head 18.172 29.245 SR-148 north (Cedar Breaks Scenic Byway) – Cedar Breaks National Monument, Brian Head Cedar Breaks National Monument
Kane Long Valley Junction 40.995 65.975 US-89 – Kanab, Panguitch Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c UDOT Highway Reference, SR-14
  2. ^ "State of Utah, Secondary Highways with Additional Restrictions" (PDF). Utah Motor Carrier Division / Utah Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2007-11-17. 
  3. ^ State Road Commission, Utah State Trunk Lines, 1923
  4. ^ Utah State Legislature (1927). Chapter 21: Designation of State Roads. Session Laws of Utah. 14. From Cedar City southeasterly via Coal Creek canyon and Summit to Long Valley Junction; also from Summit to Cedar Breaks. 
  5. ^ Utah State Legislature (1931). Chapter 55: Designation of State Roads. Session Laws of Utah. (55) From Cedar Breaks junction on route 14 to Cedar Breaks. 
  6. ^ http://www.udot.utah.gov/restore14/

External links[edit]

Media related to Utah State Route 14 at Wikimedia Commons