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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Brigham Young University will close its streets for the entire day on Dec. 26 to keep them from becoming public property.
Utah law provides that any private road becomes public property if used as a public thoroughfare for 10 consecutive years.
"The university closes its roads and parking lots every five years to preserve its right to own them," University Police Chief Larry Stott said. "We want to inconvenience people the least amount possible, and that day seems to be the best. It's a holiday and most people are gone."
University employees have Monday, Dec. 26, off since Christmas falls on Sunday.
The BYU Bookstore, the creameries, the museums and the library will be closed and won't reopen until Dec. 27. The university also is asking employees not scheduled to work on Dec. 26 to avoid campus altogether.
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