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BYU completes purchase of mountainside 'Y'

BYU completes purchase of mountainside 'Y'

(KUTV) The iconic "Y" above the Brigham Young University campus in Provo is now the property of the school itself.

In a news release Monday, university officials announced the finalized purchase of roughly 81 acres of land on the mountain. According to the release, that includes the entire trail leading to the "Y" as well as the area around the large letter.

"With the deed from the U.S. Forest Service to BYU now recorded, we look forward to sharing Y Mountain with our neighbors, friends and visitors," said BYU President Kevin J. Worthen in a statement. "Already there are plans in place to preserve this trail for generations to come."

According to BYU, visitors will still mostly be able to access the "Y" this spring while the school begins a series of trail improvements, although there will be a few "intermittent closures." Planned improvements include new signs, an improved parking area, and work to shore up weaker parts of the trail.

The purchase came after a bill in Congress sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) that passed in December 2014.

To read more about the purchase, click here.

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