Photo: One of the first batches of vehicles allowed over Cottonwood Pass reaches the Summit Monday. Credit: Christopher Biddle / KBUT


Cottonwood Pass opened for the first time in three years, connecting Buena Vista to Gunnison County. The extensive construction project is not yet completed, with portions of the road still unpaved and one-lane traffic resulting in lengthy delays.

Officials are restricting the use of trailers of any kind on Cottonwood Pass, as well as vehicles longer than 36 feet or wider eight feet and six inches.

They say construction should be finished by Fall of 2019.

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