Utah State Route 276

State Route 276 is a state highway in remote portions of San Juan County, eastern Garfield County, and Kane County, in the southeast of the U.S. state of Utah. The route is used as an access to Lake Powell, serving the small resort towns of Ticaboo and Bullfrog. SR-276 crosses Lake Powell via the Charles Hall Ferry (originally called the John Atlantic Burr Toll Ferry), the only auto ferry in the state of Utah.[2] The entire route is part of the Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway. Lake Powell separates the route into two sections; the eastern section was numbered State Route 263 prior to the existence of the ferry.

State Route 276 marker
State Route 276
Route information
Maintained by UDOT
Length89.815 mi[1] (144.543 km)
Existed1965–present
Major junctions
West end SR-95 at Trachyte Junction
East end SR-95 near Natural Bridges National Monument
Location
CountryUnited States
StateUtah
Highway system
  • Utah State Highway System
SR-275 SR-279

Route descriptionEdit

 
Near eastern terminus

Separated by the Colorado River, Lake Powell, and Glen Canyon, SR-276 is in two sections. The two sections are connected via the Charles Hall Ferry, originally called the John Atlantic Burr Toll Ferry. The first section runs 43 miles (69 km) south-southwest, from the junction of SR-95 northeast of Mount Hillers to the Colorado River and Bullfrog (also called Bullfrog Basin). The second section runs east-northeast for 49 miles (79 km), from the marina and ferry at Halls Crossing, to rejoin State Route 95 near Natural Bridges National Monument. The northern section of SR-276 passes through the tiny community of Ticaboo along the way. The state of Utah's administrative portion of the highway ends at the boundary of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (northern portion 35 miles (56 km), southern portion 36 miles). The U.S. Department of the Interior maintains the road surface within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The ferry is the only auto ferry in the state of Utah, resulting in the Utah Department of Transportation frequently having to hire contractors and employees from out of state to maintain and operate the ferry.[3]

HistoryEdit

 
The ferry

The State Road Commission designated SR-276 in 1965, linking SR-95 with the Bullfrog Basin portion of the new Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The original planned alignment followed an existing unpaved county road, beginning at the former alignment of SR-95 at Trachyte Junction (roughly 38°02′17″N 110°37′23″W / 38.038°N 110.623°W / 38.038; -110.623) and heading generally south to the junction of Shitamaring Creek and Lost Spring Wash. The proposed road continued down Shitamaring Creek and Hansen Creek to the recreation boundary. However, when built in the late 1960s,[4] the final route was east of the existing county road, only joining the initial proposal along Hansen Creek south of Ticaboo.[5]

State Route 263 was created by the state legislature in 1969, connecting the recreation area near Halls Crossing with SR-95 near Natural Bridges National Monument. This was an existing county road, only requiring minor realignments west of Red House Spring. Ferry service between Bullfrog Basin and Halls Crossing began in 1985,[6] and that year SR-276 was extended to absorb SR-263 for continuity.[7]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
GarfieldTrachyte Junction0.0000.000  SR-95Western terminus
34.99056.311Entrance to Glen Canyon National Recreation AreaState maintenance ends
GarfieldSan Juan
county line
BullfrogHalls Crossing line40.39065.001Charles Hall Ferry across Lake Powell
San Juan53.74386.491Exit from Glen Canyon National Recreation AreaState maintenance begins
89.815144.543  SR-95Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Highway Reference - SR-276" (PDF). Utah Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-06-23.
  2. ^ "Receipts of State-Administered Toll Road and Crossing Facilities - 2000 - Table SF-3B".
  3. ^ Arave, Lynn (January 24, 2009). "UDOT's ferry on Lake Powell is no desert mirage". Deseret News. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  4. ^ Federal Highway Administration, National Bridge Inventory database, 2006
  5. ^ Utah Department of Transportation, Highway Resolutions: "Route 276". (1.54 MB), updated December 2007, accessed May 2008
  6. ^ Mike Leary, Philadelphia Inquirer, Two Sides Clash Over Taming a Trail for Tourism, November 10, 1985
  7. ^ Utah Department of Transportation, Highway Resolutions: "Route 263". (2.40 MB), updated December 2007, accessed May 2008

External linksEdit

Route map:

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