Construction on Dillon Dam Road to begin Tuesday |

Construction on Dillon Dam Road to begin Tuesday

Lu Snyder

DILLON – Those attempting to avoid construction on Highway 9 in Silverthorne and Hwy. 6 in Dillon also will want to avoid the Dillon Dam Road. Soon, it too, will be under construction.

The town of Dillon is working on road improvements on West Labonte Street and on the dam road this summer. Dillon town engineer Dan Burroughs said the construction should be complete by early October.

“The two major benefits (of construction) is to improve traffic and provide a pedestrian path to Dillon Ridge Marketplace,” Burroughs said.

West Labonte Street was closed to through traffic last week as town staff upgraded a sewer there. Though that portion of the project is almost completed, still on the list of improvements is a sidewalk and reshaping the southeast corner of the intersection with the dam road.

Burroughs said construction on the dam road will begin Tuesday. They will be adding a median near Hwy. 6 “to help people line up in the winter” and a sidewalk along the dam road to link pedestrians from Dillon Marketplace to the sidewalk on West Labonte Street.

Workers also will be adding a deceleration lane (for those coming from Frisco) and a turn lane for those coming from Hwy. 6 and turning left onto West Labonte Street.

“The dam road will be down to one lane at times, so people should use Interstate-70 until October,” Burroughs said.

Construction will take place Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Burroughs said the dam road should have two lanes open during the night.

Cyclists riding in the area should not be affected by the construction, as long as they stay on the bike path.

Though Dillon town officials had hoped also to make some road improvements at the intersection of Lake Dillon Drive and Hwy. 6, funding for those plans fell through, and Burroughs said they will not work on that project this year.

The Colorado Department of Transportation has begun work on the pedestrian islands in that intersection and will be paving Hwy. 6 in Dillon later this summer.

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