By Amy Joi O’Donoghue
March 21, 2013
“Kane County officials and the Utah Attorney General’s Office are celebrating what they say is a major win in the longstanding legal fight to win title from the federal government to multiple rights-of-way on Civil War-era roads.
“It marks a great victory for Kane County in our road battle we have been working on for a decade,” said Kane County Commissioner Dirk Clayson.
The Wednesday ruling by U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups granted the county and the state title to 12 of 15 roads that had been in dispute with the U.S. Department of Interior — access Clayton said is important to preserve for motor vehicle use.
“There is this perception here that we are making new roads, but we are not,” he said. “We are trying to preserve what already exists.”
The case — and 22 other lawsuits filed by the state and counties last year — revolve around what’s called RS2477 roads, part of a transportation network established through an 1866 law to foster movement in the West.”