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4runnerguy

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Posted: 10/23/20 12:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wanted to warn all who are considering a trip to Moab now through next spring that there is a major construction project on US 191 north of town right now. Last week, it took us between 45 minutes and 1 1/2 hours to get from the back of the line just to the bridge at the Colorado River (UT 128). So in a week, I spent almost 10 hours just waiting in traffic. Not exactly a restful vacation.

One family I talked to got to the back of the line about where UT 313 turns off to go up to Dead Horse Point/Island in the Sky. They arrived at the back of the line at 6:00 p.m. and got into Moab at 9:00 p.m. Yep, three hours!

Even going into town in the morning can take an extra 10 or 15 minutes. And northbound out of town in the a.m. can also get backed up clear into the middle of town as people head north to the parks, to jeep, or to mountain bike.

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Posted: 10/23/20 03:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wasn't there some sort of big jeep event there last week?

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Yes, but three cheers to UT’s Dept of Transportation for improving their highways.


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Posted: 10/24/20 10:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've been to Moab twice. In 88 we drove in on 191, and after a brief stop at the visitor center visited Arches. We used BLM campgrounds on the river. Even when going up to Island In The Sky I bypassed most of 191, using Shafer Trail and Long Canyon.

In the mid 2000s I skipped 191 north of the river entirely, going directly to Dead Horse Pt for camping, and down Long Canyon (under the newish bolder). After a brief stop in town for lunch and groceries, I took 128 to Castle Valley and looped around town via the La Sal Mtns.

Admittedly both trips were in small campers (by RV.NET standards) - a 4x4 pickup with popup camper shell, and a CuteUte (with RT4WD).

When complaining about how ugly the town is, keep in mind that there have only been two businesses there - mining and tourists. Most of the roads/tracks originated with uranium prospectors, and pretty potash ponds are only remaining industry. And tourists come to sightsee and play outside of town.

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agesilaus wrote:

We generally avoid Moab as much as possible anyway, Ugly town

Polite people keep those thoughts to themselves.


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dedmiston wrote:

agesilaus wrote:

We generally avoid Moab as much as possible anyway, Ugly town

Polite people keep those thoughts to themselves.

In this context, yes. But if someone were asking for opinions on Moab, I would think opinions like this would be germane.

I'm still wondering if the traffic the OP reported might have been related to an event, and not reflective of what it's going to be like there every day from now until the project is finished.

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Rice wrote:

In this context, yes. But if someone were asking for opinions on Moab, I would think opinions like this would be germane.


This is Roads & Routes. Nobody asked if he thinks the town is ugly or not. An ugly pothole would be germane though.

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Rice wrote:

dedmiston wrote:

agesilaus wrote:

We generally avoid Moab as much as possible anyway, Ugly town

Polite people keep those thoughts to themselves.

In this context, yes. But if someone were asking for opinions on Moab, I would think opinions like this would be germane.

I'm still wondering if the traffic the OP reported might have been related to an event, and not reflective of what it's going to be like there every day from now until the project is finished.
Seems like there's always some event in Moab, but there wasn't any of the big ones like the Easter Jeep Safari or the Car Show. Besides, this was every day all week. We know of three other families who were out in Moab the week before we were and had the same issues. All three bailed and came home early. (Yeah, I'm stubborn and stuck it out - besides we didn't get to camp in Moab all spring) Talking with the locals I know or I met on the trail, they all said they'd never seen any backups like they'd had since the construction started. When I took one of our bikes into a shop in town for repair, he had me wait while he fixed it as he didn't want me to have to come back into town to pick the bike up later.

Will traffic backups get shorter? Sure. As we get into winter visitation drops quite a bit. Cold temps and snowy wet trails tends to keep people away. But unless they change things up with regard to how they are handling the traffic, next spring could be another fiasco. I don't know what their plans are for how detours and lane closures are scheduled, but for those planning a trip out there next March or April, I'd recommend getting some local insight as to whether things have improved or not before heading out.

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Can anyone confirm if this issue with traffic on US-191 is an ongoing thing or was it just temporary.
We are picking up an RV in American Fork taking it to Florida in two weeks, our plan was to head south on 191, looking for I40 but if there is construction we may just head east on I70 instead.

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shft22 wrote:

Can anyone confirm if this issue with traffic on US-191 is an ongoing thing or was it just temporary.
We are picking up an RV in American Fork taking it to Florida in two weeks, our plan was to head south on 191, looking for I40 but if there is construction we may just head east on I70 instead.
All I know is it had been going on for the two weeks in the middle of October. I haven't talked to anybody who has gone out there since (a lot of people from Glenwood go out there often - the snow a few days ago means a lot of people will wait until the trails dry out).

I will say that if you avoid going into Moab between 3 and 7 p.m., you should be in good shape. Yes, there will be delays (maybe an extra 5-10 minutes) but it seems the traffic heading back into town after a day of 4x4, hiking, biking, visiting Arches or Canyonlands etc. is what causes the worst problems.

As for taking I-70, if you are thinking about that route keep an eye on the weather. We had a decent snowfall a few days ago (10" on our deck at 5900'). We are firmly into the time when snow on the passes is a distinct possibility. Not necessarily fun with a new RV you're just getting used to.

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