ALL NEWS

UDOT agrees to plow federal roads at some Utah national parks

Jan 11, 2019, 11:33 AM
UDOT federal road plow...
photo courtesy of Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — While the federal government is in partial shutdown mode, the Utah Department of Transportation announced a plan to plow some federal roads through the state’s national park lands until the federal government re-opens.

UDOT spokesman John Gleason says it’s important that the roads get plowed for the safety of tourists who utilize the parks.

“It was an issue that we saw, and we worked with the Governor’s office and the Office of Tourism to make this happen.  It was really a group of people who saw the problem and wanted to make sure we addressed it,” says Gleason.

Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park both signed on almost immediately, and plows were busy working on roads there, while Capitol Reef will likely wait until after the next storm to sign on.  Bryce Canyon says it still has money left in the budget to keep roads plowed for now and Zion’s roads are clear.

UDOT says it will cost between $15,000 and $25,000 per storm to plow those roads.  State officials say they are keeping tabs on what they spend keeping the roads open and will ask for reimbursement from the federal government when the partial closure ends.

 

Today’s Top Stories

All News

Former Governor of Utah, Gary Herbert speaks at the start of demolition at the old Utah State Priso...
Aimee Cobabe

Demolition begins at the old Utah State Prison in Draper

It took years to get the Utah State Prison to this point. Now, the site will be repurposed and built into a so-called "15-minute community."
18 hours ago
The US Senate has passed a bill protecting same-sex and interracial marriage. It now returns to the...
Ali Zaslav and Ted Barrett

Senate passes bill to protect same-sex and interracial marriage in landmark vote

The bill does not set a national requirement that all states must legalize same-sex marriage. Instead, it requires states to recognize another state's legal marriage.
18 hours ago
The Utah Highway Patrol says that if you get into an accident while driving in snow, move the car t...
Simone Seikaly

What to do after a fender bender in snowy weather?

The Utah Highway Patrol said that, in all cases, safety is the main priority. If it's safe to do so, move your car to a shoulder or off-ramp.
18 hours ago
FILE: Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes appears on a video screen above members of the Select Com...
LINDSAY WHITEHURST, ALANNA DURKIN RICHER and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN

Oath Keepers boss guilty of seditious conspiracy in 1/6 case

A Washington, D.C., jury found Rhodes guilty of sedition after three days of deliberations in the the nearly two-month-long trial
18 hours ago
Utah's Morning News host Tim Hughes discusses how to talk turkey and other requirements you'll need...
Tim Hughes

KSL Outdoors: Talking turkey (and knowing when not to)

You know about the gobble. But when to use it? And what about the purr, or tree call? Using any at the wrong time will doom your turkey hunt.
18 hours ago
The USA has beaten Iran at the World Cup and advances into the Knockout Round....
Matias Grez

USMNT advances to World Cup knockout stage with victory over Iran

Christian Pulisic's first-half goal was all that separated the two sides as the USMNT reached the round of 16 for the first time since 2014.
18 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
UDOT agrees to plow federal roads at some Utah national parks