Eleven Utah highway projects Â ranging from helping to repair a massive landslide near Cedar City to building wildlife crossings near Kanab where deer collision rates are high Â will split $5.8 million in discretionary grants announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
They are among $363 million in grants announced in all 50 states that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said will "create jobs right away in communities across the country, and lay a foundation for future economic growth." Funding was made available through enactment of the Surface Transportation Extension Act this year.
The money includes $1.55 million toward an ongoing project to repair a massive landslide last October in Cedar Canyon on SR-14. It is a major route between Cedar City and Cedar Breaks National Monument and other points east such as Kanab or Bryce Canyon National Park.
The Utah Transportation Commission already has committed to spend around $18 million not only to fix the slide, but stabilize nearby areas that have been slipping. SR-14 has been partially opened in evenings and weekends as that work has progressed.
Grants also include $1.52 million to build four wildlife underpasses and to install 11.5 miles of wildlife fence on both sides of US-89 on a section west of Kanab. The grant announcement said deer-vehicle collisions there "are more than double what they are on other segments of the highway."
Other grants include:
• 791,000 for the "Magna Livable Streets Project" to improve transportation in Magna
• $703,000 for paving on the Goshute reservation
• $410,400 to acquire right-of-way to build Midblock Road in Holladay
•$500,000 for "ultra-high performance concrete" for improvement of US-6 over railroad tracks in Spanish Fork
• $120,000 for electronic signs to give early notice to drivers about the status of ferries at Lake Powell
• $64,000 to improve pedestrian safety on the Zion Scenic Byway
• $53,600 to build a rest area at the Nations of the Four Corners heritage village on the Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway
• $46,000 to document the economic impact of Scenic Byway 12 to plan future projects there
• $41,402 for signs in Parowan in the Patchwork Parkway.