UDOT Installs Signs Extending National Bike Route

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UDOT Installs Signs Extending National Bike Route

Active Transportation Provides New Economic Opportunity for Rural Utah

Cedar City, Utah (October 25, 2016) –  The description of Utah as the “Crossroads of the West” takes on new meaning with a project recently contracted through the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT).   But rather than the gold associated with the meeting of the rails, adventure seekers are now looking for green to be found along a national system of designated bike routes intended to connect the Atlantic to the Pacific.

U.S. Bicycle Routes 70 & 79 now officially span Southern Utah winding through seven counties from Colorado to Nevada as a UDOT contractor finishes new sign installations.  The two routes designated with the new green signs converge in Iron County while rural communities along the stretch are hoping their local economies can pick up some steam from the movement.

Bicycle Route 70 enters Utah on the eastern border west of Monticello on U.S. Highway 491, moves south to Blanding and then veers northwest passing near Natural Bridges National monument, over the Colorado River at Hite’s Crossing, eastward through Capitol Reef National Park, then bending south and west along All-American Road  and Scenic Byway  12.  The route passes Bryce Canyon National Park before moving to Scenic Byway 14 and descending below Cedar Breaks National Monument.  Bicycle Route 79 enters from Nevada near the town of Garrison on State Route 21 extending southeast through Milford toward Cedar City.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) established the United States Bicycle Route System (USBRS) in 1978 and approved a national-level corridor designation plan in 2008.  The system has gained input from the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) and the Adventure Cycling Association among others.  The majority of national corridor signs have been installed within only the past couple of years.

UDOT representatives along with cycling enthusiasts and other interested parties will meet in Cedar City Wednesday morning to view the new signs, highlight respectful use of roads and consider what the new designated routes may mean for local communities and tourists.


4 thoughts on “UDOT Installs Signs Extending National Bike Route”

  1. Landry H.

    I’m curious as to when USBRs 70 and 79 will be completed in Utah. Isn’t USBR 70 supposed to continue southwest towards Arizona and Nevada roughly along I-15 and USBR towards Arizona via the Grand Canyon Connector, ultimately leaving the state at the Arizona state line south of Kanab?

    Also, has the route for USBR 50 been established as well?

  2. Zach Whitney

    UDOT is currently in the middle of the planning process that will provide North and South boarder connections to Arizona and Idaho. This designation will likely happen Summer 2018.

    USBR 50 is not currently officially established, and there is not a timeline on when that may happen. Although, those efforts are also in the works.

    You can see the current official designation on Adventure Cycling’s website here: https://www.adventurecycling.org/default/assets/File/USBRS/UT%20USBR%2079-70%20MapBook_reducedsize.pdf

  3. Landry H.

    It’s been a few months, bit I’ve also heard that Utah/UDOT is working on a new USBR–USBR 77. Adventure Cycling has also confirmed USBR-77 but has not said anything about the other routes. This would explain the connection with Idaho, but what about the connections with Arizona (USBR 70 on old US-91 west of St. George and USBR 79 on US-89A south of Kanab)? Is one or are both Arizona border connections supposed to be officially designated this summer?

  4. Zach Whitney

    Landry: Apologies for the delay in replying. I just heard back from our active transportation manager on this. We are working towards gaining consensus and concurrence with ADOT and Idaho Transportation about USBR 77 Alignments. At this time, we anticipate USBR 77 crossing the USBR 70/79 corridor and continuing south on US-89. We hope to approach AASHTO about designating the route by the end of summer.

    Designating the USBR 70 is still in the future and will require more planning and discussions on safe ways to accommodate the alignment that is suggested by Adventure Cycling.

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