Utah State Route 101

Utah State Route 101

Infobox road

length_ref=cite web|url=http://www.udot.utah.gov/main/uconowner.gf?n=7271625233020881 |title=Route 101|date=November 2005|work= [http://www.udot.utah.gov/main/f?p=100:pg:3977778294530221:::1:T,V:814 Highway Reference] |publisher=Utah Department of Transportation|accessdate=2008-10-04|format=PDF]
terminus_a=jct|state=UT|SR|23 in Wellsville
junction=jct|state=UT|US|89|US|91 in Wellsville
jct|state=UT|SR|165 near Hyrum
terminus_b=Hardware Ranch trail head

State Route 101 (SR-101) is a convert|21.811|mi|km|sing=on long state highway located in the U.S. state of Utah. The route serves as a spur route into the Wasatch-Cache National Forest through the cities of Wellsville and Hyrum, with an intermediate intersection with U.S. Route 89 (US-89) and US-91.

Route description

Located entirely in Cache County, SR-101 starts at an intersection of Main Street and SR-23 (Center Street). The highway heads easterly for the first convert|0.4|mi|km|abbr=on|sing=on before it turns northeasterly, crossing the Little Bear River and intersects US-89/US-91 at a traffic light controlled at-grade interchange. After the interchange, SR-101 turns to the southeast after entering Wellsville city limits. At 400 West, SR-101 turns south for 3 blocks before turning back to the east, and intersecting SR-165.cite map |publisher=Google Maps |title=SR-101 Overview |url=http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=41.638699,-111.934462&daddr=Ant+Flat+Rd&hl=en&geocode=%3BFVTKegIdPJxZ-Q&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=0&sz=15&sll=41.636711,-111.929269&sspn=0.009398,0.030899&ie=UTF8&ll=41.631354,-111.765289&spn=0.150374,0.494385&z=11 |cartography=Tele Atlas |accessdate=2008-10-04]

After leaving Hyrum, SR-101 dips to the southeast again, entering the Wasatch-Cache National Forest and a canyon formed by the Blacksmith Fork River. The final convert|13.9|mi|km|abbr=on are inside the forest, serving as an access route to several campgrounds, as well as a diversion dam, and electric plant. The route comes to an end at the Hardware Ranch Wildlife Management Area, a working ranch owned and run by the state of Utah.cite web|url=http://wildlife.utah.gov/hardwareranch/visit.php|title=Visit Hardware Ranch|publisher=Utah Division of Wildlife Resources|accessdate=2008-10-04] cite news|url=http://www.standard.net/xplore/20652/|title=Animal trackers|last=Petersen Jr.|first=Bryce|work=Xplore Outdoors|publisher="Ogden Standard-Examiner"|accessdate=2008-10-04]

For the year 2007, a daily average of 5,075 cars traveled along SR-101 at the intersection with US-89/US-91. This represents only a slight growth from previous years (in 2006, the average was 5,005; in 2005, 4,620).cite web|url=http://www.udot.utah.gov/main/uconowner.gf?n=2363711025498494585|format=PDF|title=Traffic on Utah Highways - 2007|date=2008-07-02|publisher=Utah Department of Transportation|pages=|accessdate=2008-10-04] Nineteen percent of this traffic was composed of trucks.cite web|url=http://www.udot.utah.gov/main/uconowner.gf?n=2363733707060508179|format=PDF|title=Truck Traffic on Utah Highways - 2007|date=2008-07-02|publisher=Utah Department of Transportation|pages=|accessdate=2008-10-04] The lowest amount of traffic is accounted for on the final stretch of the highway through the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, with a average of 670 cars per day traveling to the Hardware Ranch visitors center. This represents a small increase from previous years, with an average of 635 cars per day in 2006 and 585 cars per day in 2005 traveling to the visitors center.


SR-101 was formed in 1931 as a loop off SR-1 (now US-91) from Logan south to Hyrum and west to Wellsville. [cite UTSR law|year=1931|quote=(101) From Logan southerly via Hyrum to Wellsville.] The road from Hyrum east to the Hardware Ranch was added to the state highway system in 1949 as State Route 242, [cite UTSR law|year=1949|quote="Route 242. From Hyrum on route 101 easterly via Blacksmith Fork approximately 17 miles to the ranch house on the state fish and game property known as the Hardware Ranch."] and that route was extended south to SR-39 in 1965.cite web|url=http://www.udot.utah.gov/main/uconowner.gf?n=200609201008251|title=Route 242|date=November 2007|work= [http://www.udot.utah.gov/main/f?p=100:pg:3977778294530221:::1:T,V:1348 Highway Resolutions] |publisher=Utah Department of Transportation|accessdate=2008-10-04|format=PDF] The legislature redefined the Hyrum-area routes in 1969, taking SR-101 east from Wellsville to the Hardware Ranch over former SR-242, and returning the extension to SR-39 to local control. The leg of former SR-101 from Hyrum north to Logan became part of a new SR-165 at that time. On March 17, 1972, the roadway connecting the Hardware Ranch Visitors Center to SR-101 was added to the state route system as an addition to SR-101. The connector road was previously designated Collector Road 311.cite web|url=http://www.udot.utah.gov/main/uconowner.gf?n=200609181310491|title=Route 101|date=November 2007|work= [http://www.udot.utah.gov/main/f?p=100:pg:3977778294530221:::1:T,V:1348 Highway Resolutions] |publisher=Utah Department of Transportation|accessdate=2008-10-04|format=PDF]

On November 25, 2006, a car failed to turn with a curve on the highway outside of Hyrum and ran off the road into the Blacksmith Fork River. The driver, who was not wearing his seat belt, was pronounced dead at the nearby Logan Regional Hospital after emergency crews extracted him from his vehicle. The passenger survived, after escaping the submerged vehicle on their own.cite news|url=http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=675751|title=Man Dies After Driving Off Road|date=2006-11-26|publisher=KSL-TV|accessdate=2008-10-04]

Major intersections


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