UDOT will provide dirt road access through a landslide area on State Route (S.R.) 14 ahead of schedule, improving mobility over the Memorial Day weekend for travelers between Iron, Kane and Garfield counties.  

Workers plan to open construction safety gates on Thursday, May 24, at 3 p.m. allowing the first public passage through Cedar Canyon since an October 2011 landslide destroyed nearly a half-mile of the scenic byway that connects Interstate 15 to U.S. Highway 89 between Cedar City and Kane County.  

The dirt road will remain open all hours through the Memorial Day holiday. Construction crews plan to resume work on S.R. 14 on Tuesday, May 29, at 7 a.m., at which time the route will again close during the daytime.

However, motorists will be able to use the dirt road during the night from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Monday through Thursday, with access open all hours through the weekends beginning on Fridays at 5 p.m.  

The Restore 14 project team cut time and cost by using massive mining excavation equipment and by designing a roadway plan that reduced the amount of earth and debris to be moved from one point – one million cubic yards of material – to 400,000 cubic yards.  

The $14 million project also addresses the repair and stabilization of other trouble spots between Cedar City and Cedar Breaks National Monument where slides and erosion have damaged the road. Earthwork and structural repairs at these locations are anticipated to continue throughout the summer.   

UDOT has devoted a website to the project at www.udot.utah.gov/restore14.