Not only is Cottonwood Pass having road work done, their are actually paving the route so it can be open in the winter. Supposedly, it is going to be a "detour" route when I-17 is closed due to snow or rocks etc., as it commonly is. I think it's a more political and money reason. Tourism..... Cottonwood Pass would be quick access to Gunnison and the ski resorts, and access to Taylor Park opening up for winter activities. Just a thought.