Dillon Dam Road to open by 5 tonight
Following a month-long closure through August, drivers should be able to access the Dillon Dam Road again by 5 tonight.
Though the road is set to reopen tonight, ongoing work may still cause delays and will prevent the road from being open 24 hours a day until the completion of a security-improvement project, set for October.
Summit County and the Dillon Dam Security Taskforce, a coalition of local governments, law-enforcement agencies and Denver Water, scheduled a series of projects simultaneously to limit the closure time and impacts to traffic. Various crews worked to refinish the road, improve the recpath, enlarge Old Dillon Reservoir and implement a number of new security features on the road intended to allow traffic access 24 hours a day.
The county completed the $495,000 road resurfacing as well as the $175,000 recpath reconstruction, but work on the $1 million security-improvement project, envisioned by the task force and paid for and implemented by Denver Water, is ongoing. Work on the Old Dillon Reservoir expansion project, intended to hold a surplus water supply for Dillon, Silverthorne and Summit County, will also continue on the hillside above part of the road through Sept. 9 and will require alternating one-lane traffic configurations until it is finished, according to a statement from the county and Denver Water.
The new security features include a new guard shack and roundabout at each end of the roadway, as well as some improved lighting. Dam guards have been working out of their vehicles over the past several years since additional security measures were implemented.
“Denver Water and Summit County officials together worked to design the (security project),” Denver Water spokeswoman Stacy Chesney said. “We feel like it’s a good balance of security and also access for (drivers).”
Traffic will be able to pass through the site without interruption from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. when the work is complete, but drivers will experience minimal delays when crossing the road at night, officials stated.
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