U.S. Route 189 Article

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U.S. Route 189 marker

U.S. Route 189
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 89
Length322 mi (518 km)
Existed1939–present
Major junctions
South end I-15 in Provo, UT
  US-89 in Provo, UT

US-40 in Heber City, UT
I-80 near Park City, UT
I-84 in Echo, UT

I-80 near Evanston, WY
North end US 26 / US 89 / US 191 at Jackson Hole, WY
Location
States Utah, Wyoming
Highway system

U.S. Route 189 is a spur of U.S. Route 89. It currently runs for 322 miles (518 km) from Provo, Utah at Interstate 15 to Jackson, Wyoming. The highway was not part of the original 1926 U.S. Highway system. The highway was created in the 1930s, absorbing former U.S. Route 530 and a portion of U.S. Route 30S. The portion through Provo Canyon (between Provo and Heber City, Utah) has been designated the Provo Canyon Scenic Byway by the state of Utah.

Route description

Utah

Provo Canyon, US-189 is visible in the bottom of the photo

US-189 begins in Provo where it is known as University Avenue, referring to Brigham Young University. The highway then winds up Provo Canyon passing by Deer Creek Reservoir and paralleling the route of the Heber Creeper. The portion in Provo Canyon is designated the Provo Canyon Scenic Byway by the state legislature. [1] The highway exits Provo Canyon near Heber City, Utah.

At Heber City US-189 meets U.S. Route 40. The Utah Department of Transportation has placed an end sign at the junction of US-40 in Heber City. However, there is a documented (if unsigned) connection to US-189 in Wyoming via US-40 and I-80. [2]

Prior to the construction of the Jordanelle Reservoir the route was signed past the junction at Heber City. The highway continued north concurrent with the former alignment of US-40 that is now under water. US-40 and 189 separated at Hailstone, also now under the lake. US-189 emerged from the lake shore along the route now signed State Route 32. SR-32 and former US-189 join I-80 in Wanship. Prior to the completion of Interstate 80 in eastern Utah US-189 formed the main streets of Coalville and other communities now bypassed by I-80. [3]

The Utah section of US-189 is defined in Utah Code Annotated § 72-4-124(2). [4] The Utah Code does not contain the concurrent alignment along US-40 and I-80, but the concurrent portion is included in Utah Department of Transportation maps of the area.

Wyoming

US 189 enters Wyoming from the west co-routed with Interstate 80. The routes separate east of Evanston, where US 189 proceeds north to the Jackson Hole area. At Hoback Junction, south of Jackson, US 189 rejoins its parent route, US 89.

History

US 189 absorbed a portion of former US 30S from Echo, Utah to near Evanston, Wyoming.

U.S. Route 530
Location Silver Creek JunctionEcho
Existed1926–1939

There was a US-189 in the initial 1926 plan for U.S. Highways, which ran from Nephi to Pigeon Hollow Junction. This route is currently the eastern half of State Route 132.

In 1938, a second iteration of US 189 was created using several state routes. The portion from Provo to Heber City in Utah was numbered State Route 7. Although signed US-189 starting in 1938 this road retained the SR-7 designation until 1977. [5]

US-189 replaced US-530, designated in 1926, between the modern junctions of I-80 with US-40 at Silver Creek Junction and I-84 at Echo. Between Echo and Evanston, Wyoming US-189 was originally concurrent with US-30S. As portions of I-80 were complete, US-189 was moved from the old US-30S alignment to the freeway alignment.

Prior to the construction of the Jordanelle Reservoir, the US-189 designation alternated between two routes between Hailstone and Wanship. For most of this era, US-189 was routed along what is now State Route 32 via Kamas. However, there are some years the official Utah Highway Map shows the road through Kamas designated as US-189 Alternate, with the main route of US-189 concurrent with the routes of US-40 and what is now I-80.

In 1985 the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) began plans to relocate US-40 and US-189 to prepare for the construction of the Jordanelle Reservoir. As late as 1989, UDOT still intended move US-189 to an alignment on the northern shore of the proposed reservoir. On January 18, 1990 the Federal Highway Administration sent a letter to UDOT recommending that US-189 not be moved to this new alignment. The stated reason was this new routing would result in traveling 15 miles (24 km) "out-of-direction". AASHTO agreed, and authorized a change of plan for the route of US-189 to run concurrent with US-40. UDOT agreed, and this new road was instead signed as extension of State Route 248. The portion of the former route of US-189 not submerged by the new lake was designated State Route 32 after months of negotiations with county officials. [6]

Major intersections

StateCountyLocationmi [7] [8]kmExitDestinationsNotes
Utah Utah Provo0.0000.000 I-15 – Salt Lake City, Saint George
1.6332.628 US-89 – Springville, Orem
3.4345.526 SR-265 (University Parkway) – Orem, Brigham Young University
7.42511.949 SR-52 – Orem
10.65717.151 View area Bridal Veil Falls
14.30023.014 SR-92 (Alpine Loop Scenic Byway) – Sundance
Wasatch19.42331.258 SR-314 – Deer Creek Reservoir
24.88740.052 SR-113 – Charleston, Midway
Heber City28.89046.494 US-40 – Duchesne, VernalSouthern end of overlap with US-40
29.82948.005 SR-113 (100 South)
Summit33.58754.053 SR-32 north – Francis, KamasSR-32 is former routing of US-189
38.58962.1038 Mayflower ( SR-319)
42.83768.9394 SR-248 – Park City, Kamas
45.52673.2672 Silver Summit
Silver Creek Junction46.83575.374146 I-80 west / US-40 west – Salt Lake CityWestern end of I-80 overlap; Western terminus of US 40
50.68381.566150Tollgate Promontory
Wanship54.93188.403155 SR-32 south – Wanship, KamasSR-32 is former route of US-189
Coalville62.551100.666162 Coalville ( SR-280)
67.283108.281168 I-84 west – Ogden
67.640108.856169 Echo
78.662126.594178EmoryWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
84.085135.322185Castle Rock
87.726141.181187Ranch Exit
91.649147.495191 Wahsatch
 96.639
0.000
155.525
0.000
Utah–Wyoming state line
Wyoming Uinta Evanston3.4535.5573
I-80 Bus. / US 189 Bus. – Evanston
5.2638.4705 WYO 150 – Mountain View
6.25710.0706
I-80 Bus. / US 189 Bus. – Evanston
18.29329.44018 I-80 – CheyenneNorthern end of overlap with I-80
Lincoln21.41034.456 WYO 412 south – Carter
Kemmerer34.51055.538 US 30 east – Rock SpringsSouthern end of overlap with US 30
37.28059.996 US 30 west – Bear Lake, Montpelier, IdahoNorthern end of overlap with US 30
38.07161.269 WYO 233 north – Lake Viva Naughton
57.49092.521 WYO 240 south – Granger
61.39098.798 WYO 372 east – Fontenelle
La Barge84.874136.591 WYO 235
Sublette Big Piney105.943170.499 WYO 350 west
Marbleton109.384176.036 WYO 351 east – Boulder
Daniel131.448211.545 US 191 south – Rock SpringsSouthern end of overlap with US 191
131.730211.999 WYO 354 west
Teton Hoback184.656297.175 US 26 west / US 89 south – AlpineSouthern end of overlap with US 26, US 89
188.596303.516 WYO 391 west
Jackson196.391316.061 WYO 22 west
197.806318.338 US 26 east / US 89 north / US 191 northNorthern end of overlap with US 26, US 89, US 191
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

  1. ^ "Provo Canyon Scenic Byway". Utah Office of Tourism. Retrieved 2007-10-13.
  2. ^ Dale Sanderson. "US-189 endpoint photos". Retrieved 2007-10-12.
  3. ^ Dan Stober. "Utah Highways". Retrieved 2007-10-13.
  4. ^ "Utah Revised Code". State of Utah. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
  5. ^ "Highway Resolution Route 7". Utah Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
  6. ^ "Highway Designation". Utah Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-03-27.
  7. ^ "Highway Reference Information". Utah Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
  8. ^ "Maintenance Section Reference Book" (PDF). Wyoming Department of Transportation. February 15, 2013. Retrieved December 26, 2014.

External links

Browse numbered routes
SR-186 UT SR-190
WYO 175 WY WYO 190