Web Map Bogs Down Travelers

Web Map Bogs Down Travelers

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KANAB, Utah (AP) -- A travel Web site says the quickest route from Salt Lake City to Phoenix is Interstate 15 to state Route 20 south of Beaver, east to U-S 89, state Route 12 out of Panguitch and then south for 43 miles on Cottonwood Road.

But a posted sign proclaims the dirt road closed and impassable. What to do?

To the Kane County sheriff's regret, many motorists are heeding the Expedia-dot-com Web site instead of the warning and are getting stuck. In the past three months, deputies have rescued at least 20 stranded travelers.

Sheriff Lamont Smith says they can't put locked gates on the roads because ranchers have to check on their livestock.

Smith says his office has called Expedia's customer-service number, but cannot get through.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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