Monte Cristo, Big Mountain highways to close for winter season on November 15

Ogden– The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises motorists and recreationalists that state Road 39, The Monte Cristo Highway, and SR-65, The Big Mountain Highway, will close for the winter season on Tuesday, November 15. SR-39 will be closed from milepost 37, near Ant Flat Road east of Huntsville, Weber County, to milepost 56 near Woodruff, Rich County. With this closure, there will be no further vehicular or back country access for recreational purposes on Monte Cristo Summit via SR-39, once the gates on both ends of this section of SR-39 are closed and locked. Motorists who normally use this route between Woodruff and Ogden are advised to use SR-16 south to I-80, then travel west to Ogden via Evanston, Wyoming; or use SR-30 north to US-89, then travel west from Garden City to Logan, via Logan Canyon. Meanwhile SR-65 will be closed from milepost 3, near its junction with Emigration Canyon Road in Salt Lake County, to milepost 14, which is approximately 1.5 miles south of the East Canyon Resort in Morgan County. With this closure, there will be no further vehicular or back country access for recreational purposes on Big Mountain via SR-65, once the gates are closed and locked. However, East Canyon Reservoir and Resort will remain accessible via I-80 over SR-65 from Henefer, Summit County; or by using SR-66 to SR-65 from Morgan, via I-84. Motorists who normally use this route as a “short-cut” between Henefer and Salt Lake City, are advised to use I-80 West to Salt Lake City; or I-84 West to Ogden, then south on US-89 to I-15, and from there south into the Salt Lake City area. These sections of SR-39 and SR-65 to be closed are a seasonal roadways, and the cost to keep them open during the winter is not practical due to extremely deep snowfalls and severe ice. The roadways will re-open to all vehicles in the spring of 2012. Further information about other winter highway closures can be obtained by calling 511, or visiting http://utahcommuterlink.com

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