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Major rock slide closes SR 14, heading to Cedar Breaks

Jun 21, 2023, 2:00 PM | Updated: 2:50 pm

CEDAR CITY, Utah -- Some people heading to Cedar Breaks and other areas of Iron County are having t...

Rock slide blocks SR 14, causing 40 minute delays to get to Cedar Breaks National Monument. (Leanna Williams)

(Leanna Williams)

CEDAR CITY, Utah — Those driving to Cedar Breaks and other areas of Iron County had to take a long detour to get around a rock slide on SR 14 on Wednesday.

 

Cedar Breaks Superintendent Kathleen Gonder said their employees were among those who turned around last minute.

“It impacted getting our park store opened, collecting fees at the fee station,” she said. “All of that was delayed, you know, 45 minutes to an hour.” 

A typical drive between Cedar City and Cedar Breaks National Monument will take you about 35 minutes. However, with the rock slide blocking the road drivers have to take an extra 40 minutes or so to drive north to Parowan to go around it.

UDOT said that even though they have removed most of the large debris from the road, their geologists will have to evaluate the slide before they can open it. And while that could happen today, Gonder said, they’re prepared if it doesn’t.

“This is something that nobody can plan for, you know you just kind of gotta roll with the punches.”

 

Clayre Scott contributed to this story.

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