Lawsuit accuses state of illegally pursuing road claims in Tooele County

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TOOELE — A lawsuit brought by wilderness advocates and a Tooele County pilot asserts the state of Utah its violating its own laws by going after ownership of more than 2,400 miles of disputed roads in Tooele County.

The action filed Tuesday in 3rd District Court in Tooele said the state’s ability to seek title to so-called RS2477 roads lapsed 25 years ago — seven years after the 1976 passage of the Federal Land Management and Policy Act.

Steve Bloch, attorney for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, said state law bars Utah from bringing a lawsuit claiming title to real property unless it’s a right or title accrued within seven years of the filing of the case.

“The state has simply waited too long to bring these RS2477 lawsuits, according to its own laws,” he said. “We are asking the court to say that the state filed too late in Tooele County, and that is going to have ramifications statewide.”

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