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Laura Seitz, Deseret News
A group of Utah residents meet to express their concern over the recent NSA data mining at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

SALT LAKE CITY — Opponents of government surveillance have figured out how to get close to a heavily guarded National Security Agency data storage center set to open in a Salt Lake City suburb.

They have adopted a highway that cuts through a National Guard base where the massive center is opening.

The $1.7 billion facility is filled with computers designed to store intercepted telecommunications.

The Utah Department of Transportation awarded a section of Route 68 to the group "Restore the Fourth" — a reference to the 4th Amendment right prohibiting unlawful search and seizure.

Highway keepers intend to carry picket signs while picking up litter.

State officials say they welcome public efforts to keep highways clean — even if a group has a political agenda.

NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines had no comment on the highway adoption.