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Saturday, October 08, 2011

Massive Landslide Destroys A Section Of SR-14

State Road 14 is closed east of Cedar City because a massive landslide as destroyed a section of the road. Officials say it will take weeks to get the road rapaired, and it may actually be next spring before it is usable.

From Cedar City, SR14 runs east climbing over Cedar Mountain and then drops down to Long Valley Junction, where it terminates at US 89. It is closed from Mile Post 8 east to its junction with SR 148 (the Cedar Breaks road). Farther east, SR 14 passes Navajo Lake and provides access to Duck Creek Village. So the closure will have a huge impact on access to some popular spots.

The Salt Lake Tribune has this article about the slide and road closure. Below are excerpts.

The slide happened about 8 miles east of Cedar City sometime before 5 a.m. Saturday. Shortly after State Road 14 in Iron County was closed in both directions. The closure goes from mile post 8 on S.R. 14 east to the junction of S.R. 148 at the Cedar Breaks National Monument turnoff. The road is anticipated to be closed anywhere from several weeks or until next spring.

No injuries, evacuations or property damage was reported. Gower hadn’t heard of any reports of hunters or recreation enthusiasts being stranded in the area because of the slide, but said the detour “is going to be an inconvenience for some people.”

Kitchen said access to many popular locations will still be available, but they may take longer to get to. He said local businesses and restaurants near the mouth of Cedar Canyon remain accessible to the public.

Tourists and motorists, including those with cabins in Duck Creek Village, are urged to use U.S. 89, via Interstate 15 and S.R. 20, to go through Long Valley Junction as an alternate route.

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