The Local Interest as a Consideration in the Planning of Highway Construction in the Canyonlands Region of Southeastern Utah

Robert L. Barry, Utah State University

This work made publicly available electronically on July 6, 2011.


An examination was conducted of the potential of proposed highway construction for serving the needs and interests of the population of the Canyonlands Region of Southeastern Utah. The history of the highway development issue in the region was first examined with special attention given to the local position on the issue as expressed by local government spokesmen. Next, the total system of development proposals for the region was divided into four sections using criteria of area served and degree of controversy. A map analysis was conducted to determine how these four separate proposals would serve transportation needs of the region.