Utah State Route 59

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State Route 59
Route information
Defined by Utah Code §72-4-113
Maintained by UDOT
Length: 22.206 mi[1] (35.737 km)
Existed: 1914 as a state highway; 1931 as SR-59 – present
Major junctions
South end: SR 389 in Hildale/Colorado City, AZ
North end: SR-9 in Hurricane
Highway system
  • State highways in Utah
SR-58 SR-60

State Route 59 (SR-59) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Utah. The highway connects Hurricane to the twin cities of Hildale and Colorado City, Arizona. The highway connects to US-89A through Arizona State Route 389. The route was added to the state highway system in 1914, and has had several designations.

Route description[edit]

The route begins at the Arizona border in Hildale (whose Arizona counterpart is Colorado City). These two towns are largely known for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or the FLDS), a Mormon fundamentalist sect that broke away the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (or the LDS).[2] The highway proceeds northwest past Hildale (where the street is known as State Street) for nearly 15 miles before beginning a 5-mile (8 km) descent into Hurricane. A truck escape ramp is located along this descent.[2] The route enters Hurricane on 100 South and proceeds to turn north on Main Street. The route proceeds for a block before terminating at SR-9 (State Street).[3]

History[edit]

Looking southbound on SR-59 towards Hildale

The road from SR-15 (now SR-9 and SR-17) at La Verkin Junction south to Hurricane was added to the state highway system in 1912, and in 1914 it was extended southeast via Big Plain Junction to Arizona.[4][5] In the 1920s, the entire route was numbered State Route 16.[6] A connection from SR-15 (now SR-9) in Rockville south to SR-16 at Big Plain Junction became a state highway in 1925.[7] In 1927, SR-16 was moved to the Rockville-Arizona route, and the roadway between La Verkin and Big Plain Junctions became part of the new SR-17, which also went southwest from Hurricane to SR-1 (US-91, now I-15).[8] The Hurricane-Big Plain Junction branch was split from SR-17 in 1931, becoming a new State Route 59.[9] The entirety of SR-16 was deleted in 1935, permanently removing the Rockville-Big Plain Junction road from the state highway system;[10] the highway beyond Big Plain Junction to Arizona was also removed, but was re-added in 1941 as part of SR-59, forming the present extent of that route.[11] SR-59 was almost completed relocated in 1962, including a new crossing of the state line; it had ended at the west end of Uzona Avenue, which extends west along the border from Colorado City/Hildale, but now crosses within the city limits.[5] The connecting State Route 389 in Arizona was not added to that state's state highway system until 1959.[12]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Washington County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Hildale 0.000 0.000 SR 389 east – Colorado City, Fredonia Southern terminus
Hurricane 22.206 35.737 SR-9 (State Street) – La Verkin Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State Route 59 Highway reference". Utah Department of Transportation. 
  2. ^ a b "Utah Highway Pages, 61-80". Stober, Dan. 
  3. ^ "Google Maps". Google. 
  4. ^ Utah Department of Transportation, Highway Resolutions: "Route 17".  (2.96 MB), updated September 2007, accessed May 2008
  5. ^ a b Utah Department of Transportation, Highway Resolutions: "Route 59".  (647 KB), updated November 2007, accessed May 2008
  6. ^ State Road Commission, Utah State Trunk Lines, 1923
  7. ^ Utah State Legislature (1925). Chapter 71: Designation of State Roads. Session Laws of Utah. (c) From the junction of the Anderson-Arizona road eastwardly via Virgin, Wheeler, Rockville and Springdale, to the Zion National Park, from Rockville southerly to the Utah-Arizona State line. 
  8. ^ Utah State Legislature (1927). Chapter 21: Designation of State Roads. Session Laws of Utah. 16. From Rockville southerly via Big Plain Junction to the Utah-Arizona State line, near Short Creek, Arizona. 17. From Harrisburg Bench easterly to Hurricane and La Verkin, and from Hurricane easterly to Big Plain Junction. 
  9. ^ Utah State Legislature (1931). Chapter 55: Designation of State Roads. Session Laws of Utah. (59) From Hurricane on route 17 southeasterly to Big Plain junction, on route 16. 
  10. ^ Utah State Legislature (1935). Chapter 37: Designation of State Roads. Session Laws of Utah. 
  11. ^ Utah State Legislature (1941). Chapter 34. Session Laws of Utah. Route 59. From Hurricane on route 17 southeasterly via Big Plain Junction to the Utah-Arizona state line. 
  12. ^ Arizona Highway Data: Search Right-of-Way Resolutions, accessed June 2008
  13. ^ "State Highway Map". Utah Department of Transportation. Retrieved 26 June 2008. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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