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Book Cliffs highway could pave the way between Vernal and Moab

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Mary Bernard – The Vernal Express

Is a paved transportation corridor through the Book Cliffs likely to connect Uintah and Grand Counties in the future?

Grand County Council Chairperson A. Lynn Jackson has sent a letter of inquiry to the Uintah County commission proposing a study of a Book Cliffs transportation route.

In a letter dated March 19, the council proposes a feasibility study to improve a transportation route from Thompson Springs on I-70 north to Uintah County.

Grand County is hoping to develop access to Anadarko Petroleum’s Book Cliffs 96,000-acre block for oil and gas development on State Institutional Trust Lands Administration lands.

“Our primary county population center of Moab has limited access to this remote SITLA land due to terrain and a poorly developed and maintained transportation system” writes Jackson. (…)

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