The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) advises motorists and outdoor recreation enthusiasts that state Road 65, the Big Mountain Highway, will close to all traffic for the winter at noon on Wednesday , November 25.
With the current weather forecast calling for winter weather conditions, and with mountain temperatures dropping into the low teens or single digits beginning Wednesday night, SR-65 will close between Milepost 3, just north of the Emigration Canyon turn-off in east Salt Lake County, and Milepost 14, about a mile south of the East Canyon Reservoir in Morgan County at noon. Once the gates are closed and locked, the entire length of the roadway between these two points will remain out of service to all traffic through approximately late May 2016.
This highway is closed for the winter months each year due to motorist safety concerns and the prohibitive costs of keeping it open to traffic. Severe winter storms can develop with little or no warning, with the potential to strand motorists unprepared for blizzard driving conditions. Additionally, northern Utah mountain temperatures in the low teens to single digits make it nearly impossible to prevent ice buildup and safely maintain alpine passes for highway traffic.
Motorists who normally travel this route should use I-84 and SR-66 from Morgan or SR-65 from Henefer to access the East Canyon recreation area during the winter road closure.
For 24-hour information about all road conditions, visit http://udottraffic.utah.gov, or download the free Utah Traffic App, available for download in the iPhone App Store and for Android smartphones at Google Play.