Utah’s highway 12 has gone from one of the worst highways in the country to one of its fastest in recent memory.
A new study by the Utah Department of Transportation has found that the highway has surpassed the state’s fastest stretch in the state, from the Twin Cities to Provo, and is now about a half-hour faster than a typical state highway.
In fact, Utah’s 12 is now a quarter-hour ahead of the state average.
The highway, which began its life in the 1960s, is considered a major arterial route in the western United States.
It is the only major U.S. highway that travels under the same level of elevation.
In its new report, the Utah DOT estimated that Highway 12 now travels at a speed of 26.5 mph.
That’s faster than the state median, which is 25.6 mph.
The median for the state of Washington is also faster, at 23.7 mph.
The Utah DOT’s study found that most of the improvement in highway speeds occurred in the past decade.
It also found that Highway 18, which connects Salt Lake City to downtown Salt Lake, is now nearly a quarter of a hour faster than it was in 2011.
“Highway 12 has become one of Utah’s fastest, most reliable routes to and from downtown Salt-Lake City, providing people with an efficient, reliable alternative to driving to and through downtown Salt, and to the Pacific Northwest, for many trips,” Utah DOT Director of Transportation David J. Smith said in a news release.
Utah’s new report was published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
It was authored by transportation experts from universities in Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington state.