- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A stretch of state highway in eastern Utah that provides access to a picturesque parcel of wilderness may be closed for as long as a year.

The Deseret News reports (https://bit.ly/1Jg6M7W ) that state transportation officials closed a 7-mile stretch of State Route 45 south of Vernal in late July after they discovered erosion that makes the road unstable.

Utah Department of Transportation spokeswoman Eileen Barron says the problem is being caused by an open mining trench near the road.

State officials are going to coordinate with Uintah County leaders and with representatives of the mining company, American Gilsonite, to devise a solution.

Barron says one idea is to build a bridge over the problematic stretch.

The road connects U.S. Highway 40 to the Book Cliffs area near the Utah-Colorado border.


Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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