GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Local and state officials are considering a proposal to create an alternate route over Cottonwood Pass to prevent major detours when rock falls and accidents close Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon.

Concerns rose after a major rock slide sent transportation officials scrambling in February to find alternate routes to avoid detours of more than 100 miles.

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Some people tried to take the route over the 8,300-foot pass between Garfield and Eagle counties, but it’s not paved and parts are closed in winter.

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Officials say the main issue standing in the way of their plan is the cost and who will pay for it.

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