Grand Avenue Bridge
The Grand Avenue Bridge in Glenwood Springs closed at 12:01 a.m. August 14. The new bridge will be open to traffic in approximately 95 days. See the icon to the right for information about additional services offered by Garfield County during this closure.

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Garfield County Sheriff's Office – 8:20 p.m., August 16: Accident on I-70 near Rifle closed interstate to westbound traffic

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. – Wednesday at approximately 5:30 p.m., an accident occurred on westbound I-70 near mile marker 93. Initial reports state that a trooper had made a traffic stop. A second car traveling west on I-70 struck the stopped car.

The accident resulted in the death of the driver of vehicle one. Both the State Trooper and the driver of the second two were transported to an area hospital for medical attention.

Westbound I-70 was closed at mile marker 97, also known as the Silt exit. Traffic was diverted onto US Highway 6. This is an eight-mile detour that parallels I-70. Vehicles re-entered the interstate in Rifle at mile marker 90.

No names or additional information will be released, pending further investigation by the Garfield County Sheriff's Office, the Garfield County Coroner, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Coroner's notification of next of kin.

Information on the condition of the trooper will be released by the Public Affairs Office of the Colorado State Patrol when appropriate.
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Road regulations
Semis and other oversized commercial vehicles are barred from traveling over roads that lead to Cottonwood Pass, and in the Four Mile area near Glenwood Springs. New signage is in place alerting drivers to these restrictions.
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Bids and proposals accepted online
The Garfield County Procurement Department has begun accepting online bid and proposal submissions. This is for any solicitation the county posts to Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System (RMEPS) after July 1, 2017.
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Vehicle registration correction
Payments for renewing vehicle registrations that expire in September must be received by Oct. 31, 2017, to avoid a late fee. The notices that were mailed out included the wrong date to avoid late fees.
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Nurturing Parenting class
A Nurturing Parenting class takes place on Wednesdays, beginning August 16, for 15 weeks in Rifle. The workshops run from 5:30 to 8 p.m., and teach families about the practices and philosophy of nurturing parenting.
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Bureau of Land Management

July 7 - Additional fire restrictions in effect

June 26 - Stage 1 fire restrictions
June 11, 8 pm - Fire activity increases in northwestern Colorado as winds increase
June 11, 3 pm - Crews making good progress on northwestern Colorado fires
June 10 - Crews work three wildfires in northwestern Colorado

June 8 - BLM now accepting public comment on Balzac Gulch Master Development Plan

June 8 - BLM now accepting public comment on effort to streamline projects in sagebrush habitats

June 5 - BLM seeks public review of environmental assessment covering potential wild horse gathers

May 1 - Trail work near New Castle begins

March 27 - Sutey Ranch land exchange finalized | press release

February 8 - BLM acquires Dotsero Landing recreation site

February 7 - Sutey Ranch land exchange near Carbondale complete

February 6 - BLM evaluating oil and gas leasing proposals in Garfield and Mesa counties

January 31 - 2017 grazing fees announced

January 20 - Dotsero Landing project secures additional funding through Land and Water Conservation Fund

January 5 - Federal fire officials plan long-range prescribed burning objective

December 20 - Public comment sought on Greater Sage-Grouse habitat project

December 6 - Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky has been appointed to the Bureau of Land Management's citizen-based Northwest Resource Advisory Council. The appointment was announced December 6. appointments-|      NW RAC-|

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Garfield County additional assistance
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Clerk & Recorder's Office

Vital records info+
Vital record applications, marriage licenses, and copies of recorded documents are available at the Garfield County Administration Building in Rifle – 195 W. 14th St, Bldg. D

Request copies of recorded documents by phone at 970-384-3700, ext. 1840, or by email to Must provide reception number. Pay with credit card and copies can be emailed with a receipt.

Applications for birth or death records are accepted by email or mail; call 970-384-3700, ext. 1950, for instructions

Motor vehicles info+
- Online motor vehicle renewals

- Motor vehicle transactions by phone - 970-384-3700, ext. 1760.

- Title registration services are also available at the Garfield County Administration Building in Rifle - 195 W. 14th St, Bldg. D.

Voter services info+
Voter registration, name or address changes, or party affiliation changes -, or call 970-384-3700, ext. 1770, for assistance.

Voter services are also available at the Garfield County Administration Building in Rifle - 195 W. 14th St, Bldg. D.

Community Development

New Rifle office open Tuesday and Thursday at Garfield County Administration Building, at 195 West 14th Street, Building D, on the 3rd floor, 7 am - 3:45 pm, closed 12-1 for lunch.
Call 970-945-1377, ext. 4212 for an appointment.

Glenwood Springs office new hours - 7 am - 4 pm, Monday - Thursday


- Acceptsonline bid and proposal submissions

- Postingopen solicitation opportunities, awarded contracts and more online

Road and Bridge road restrictions

Semis and other oversized commercial vehicles are barred from traveling over roads that lead to Cottonwood Pass, and in the Four Mile area near Glenwood Springs. New signage is in place alerting drivers to these restrictions.
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Courtesy of Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority
The feed is provided without cost and is not guaranteed to be available at all times, due to technical considerations and weather conditions. It is provided to give the public views of general traffic flows, but recommended detour routes are required for travel during the bridge closure. Video streaming delays may occur and traffic conditions may change. This site makes no representations or guarantee whatsoever, and disclaims all liability and responsibility for any representation, warranty, statement, or information gathered from this video feed.
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