More than 11 miles of U-153 across Beaver Mountain in southern Utah will be expanded by the 115th Engineer Group of the Utah National Guard. The road is in the Fishlake National Forest.

"The highway provides access to seven forest recreation areas and is experiencing increased public use due to growing popularity of the area," said Kent Taylor, forest supervisor. "The project will improve road safety to permit handling the increased traffic, provide improved road conditions, and facilitate ease of future road maintenance."Construction will be between the City Creek Road, about five miles west of Junction, Piute County, and the Cullen Creek Road. "These improvements will be accomplished by widening the road from single lane with a few turnouts to double lane, increasing site distances, smooth the driving surface by eliminating large rocks and adding aggregate surfacing," Taylor said.

If time allows, the group will also be involved in such projects as obliterating roads that have been identified for elimination and constructing two pavilions and two comfort stations at the Tushar Lakeside Campground and the Birch Creek Group Site.

Taylor said the encampment of men and the project will result in inconvenience for some forest users during the three-week period. Roads will be closed to the public between June 7 and June 30, including U-153 from the City Creek Campground road junction to Big Flat Guard Station and the Kents Lake road from its junction with U-153 to Anderson Meadow Campground.