Eastern Utah Regional Connection
The absence of a developed transportation corridor between the Uinta Basin and I-70 has long been a limiting factor for recreation, tourism, energy development, and land management efforts. The existing unpaved roads are insufficient to accommodate the traffic that would otherwise use the route to move people and products.
The roads are impassible and dangerous during inclement weather. There is no all-weather alternative other than using SR-191 (Indian Canyon) or Colorado SR-139 (Douglas Pass – Loma to Rangely). These alternate routes are 244 and 201 miles longer, respectively, than the proposed corridor. The Eastern Utah Regional Connection would provide a more direct route between nationally important recreation areas such Yellowstone, Flaming Gorge, Dinosaur National Monument, Arches, Canyonlands, and the Grand Canyon.
- Regional Connectivity
- Relieve Truck Traffic within the Uinta Basin
- Increase Public Safety
- Provide Recreational Access