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Feds give money for Little Sahara road project

Published September 4, 2013 7:42 am

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With federal funding obtained by Juab County, the Utah Bureau of Land Management is reconstructing the 16-mile road network in the Little Sahara Recreation Area, along with its access road from U.S. Highway 6.

The federal land agency expects to begin work next year paving and chip-sealing the roads inside the 60,000-acre area popular with ATV riders 30 miles north of Delta.

The project includes new signage on curves and expanded shoulders on the road out to Sand Mountain, the area's most popular destination.

"This project is a great use of federal highway funds, and will improve safety and access for the 210,000 visitors that enjoy Little Sahara every year," said Kevin Oliver, BLM's West Desert district manager. 

The money comes from a $1.45 million grant Juab County secured from the Federal Highway Administration under a program to improve access to federal lands.

Brian Maffly