Cottonwood Pass

Roadwork on Cottonwood Pass consists of East Side and West Side projects.

Overview of Projects

West Side Project

East Side Project

Cottonwood Pass West Side

Construction Updates

Construction is occurring on Cottonwood Pass (both east and west sides) in 2018. Refer to the Overview Page for the latest road closure information.

Closure and Detour Maps

For a detailed map of closed roads and trailheads, please click on links below:

Project Description

Federal Highway Administration, Central Federal Lands Highway Division (FHWA-CFLHD) in cooperation with Gunnison County, the U.S. Forest Service, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests propose improvements to 12.5 miles of Cottonwood Pass Road. The improvements include widening, realignment, and paving the road. The standard typical cross-section of the road will consist of two, 11-foot wide travel lanes and 1-foot wide paved shoulders for a total width of 24 feet. The project will also be designed to provide a minimum 7-foot clear zone and additional rock fall ditch capacity.

For an overview of both projects, visit: http://cottonwood-co.dot.gov/

Key Project Dates

Advertise: Winter 2016
Construction: Spring 2017 – Fall 2018

Project Photos

Existing road near summit

Existing road near summit.


Existing road at western limit

Existing road at western limit.

Map showing general vicinity of project
View a larger interactive map of the project area.

Project Details
Project # CO FLAP 209(1)
Project Name Cottonwood Pass West Side
Location Gunnison County
FLMA Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Status Under Construction

Contact Information

Project Manager: James Herlyck
Phone: 720-963-3698
Email: James.Herlyck@dot.gov

Federal Highway Administration
Central Federal Lands Highway Division
12300 West Dakota Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80228
720-963-3500