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Cottonwood Pass

"The proposed I-70 Detour Act requires the federal transportation secretary to come up with recommendations for improving the unpaved road over Cottonwood Pass between Gypsum and Colorado 82, which is Garfield County Road 113 to the west and Eagle County Road 10A to the east. The legislation, proposed by U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert — a Garfield County Republican — would help “ensure the continuation of commerce.” Counties in Rep. Boebert’s district in western and northwest Colorado are weary of interstate closures that route truck traffic through their communities." Published: May 10, 2022

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Residents, commissioners in Garfield and Eagle counties support Cottonwood Pass improvements — but not a new I-70

Federal goals at odds with state and local priorities for rural, unpaved Cottonwood Pass, which swells with traffic when I-70 closes through Glenwood Canyon

Published: May 10, 2022

Cottonwood Pass opening Wednesday - Eagle County officials urge caution on dangerous dirt road Published: May 3, 2022

Missouri Heights group jumps to action over Cottonwood Pass improvements planning |

A Missouri Heights neighborhood group that successfully fought a summer camp proposal last year wants to be heard sooner rather than later as state and county officials begin planning improvements to Cottonwood Pass.

Published: May 3, 2022

CDOT talks Cottonwood Pass, prepares motorists for more I-70 closures

The Colorado Department of Transportation this week addressed efforts to create a detour around Glenwood Canyon via Cottonwood Pass in Eagle County.

Published: April 29, 2022

Garfield commissioners want Cottonwood Pass to stay in county hands, even as I-70 detour

Cottonwood Pass between Garfield and Eagle counties should remain under county control if it becomes a detour during Interstate 70 closures in Glenwood Canyon, Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said.

Published: April 5, 2022


Commissioners from Garfield and Eagle countries met with Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) officials on Tuesday to discuss the Interstate 70 closure in Glenwood Canyon, and potential improvements to Cottonwood Pass Road, a mostly undeveloped route that connects the town of Gypsum to Highway 82 between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale.