Garfield County claims right to roadways

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GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. Garfield County commissioners are following the lead of neighboring Mesa County in passing a resolution asserting the county's claim to local control over historic roads that pass through federal lands in the county.

About 60% of the land in Garfield County is federally owned, but many of the roads that cross those lands were established before Colorado became a state in 1876.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports ( ) commissioners believe control is an important protection for counties to have emergency access to remote areas, as well as public access for recreation and commercial purposes.

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