U.S. 89 shield assembly in American Fork. Photo taken by Garrett Smith (02/26/11).
U.S. 89 enters the Beehive State in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, then passes through scenic Southern Utah. The highway initially heads west through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, then turns north at Kanab. U.S. 89 then parallels Interstate 15, passing through the Virgin River Valley and Sevier River Valley before reaching Interstate 70 south of Richfield. This scenic highway connects to some of the most scenic areas in Southern Utah, including Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, and Bryce Canyon National Park.
North of Richfield and Interstate 70, U.S. 89 continues to parallel Interstate 15, but it draws closer and closer to the freeway as it continues north. By the time it reaches Spanish Fork, Interstate 15 and U.S. 89 run very close to each other or on top of each other, with U.S. 89 disappearing on the stretches it shares with Interstate 15. U.S. 89 breaks away from the Interstate at most of the major cities it serves, such as Provo, Salt Lake City, and Ogden. U.S. 89 finally breaks free of Interstate 15 Brigham City, and it heads northeast toward Bear Lake and into southeast Idaho.
Increasing traffic congestion and 23 deaths recording along U.S. 89 between Farmington and South Weber over a nine year period led to a 1993 plan by the Utah Department of Transportation to convert the highway into an expressway. Four alternatives were proposed along the 11-mile corridor, where interchanges would replace signalized intersections.1 Improvements were ultimately made, including upgrading the southern segment to a freeway, adding an interchange at Utah 60 (Weber Drive) and converting the remainder of the route to expressway standards.
U.S. 89A in southern Utah provides an alternate route between the area near Page, Arizona, and Kanab, Utah. Originally signed as Alternate U.S. 89, U.S. 89A has also been signed as "Utah 11 to U.S. 89A" due to its legislative designation in Utah statutes. As of 2011, U.S. 89A is signed consistently between Arizona and Utah, creating a unified, signed route.
U.S. 89 Utah Highway Guides
- U.S. 89 North - Kanab to Sevier
- U.S. 89 North - Salina to Ogden
- U.S. 89 South - Northern Utah
- U.S. 89 South - Southern Utah
- "ROAD PLAN TREADS ON FRUIT HEIGHTS U.S. 89 MAY BECOME EXPRESSWAY FROM FARMINGTON TO SOUTH WEBER." Salt Lake Tribune, The (UT), October 25, 1993.
Page Updated 06-30-2016.