Dillon digs into a new season of roadwork
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DILLON – Already digging into a new season of road work, the Town of Dillon has a lot on its plate – the tail-end of construction on upper Gold Run Circle and Tenderfoot Street, as well as a new project on Corinthian Circle.
Multiple scheduled projects in 2010 are the result of litigation over a 2009 project. The town couldn’t finish last year’s road work on Gold Run and Tenderfoot due to legal action taken by Yacht Club Condominiums over parking issues.
The Yacht Club condo complex – located at the corner of Gold Run Circle and Tenderfoot Street – sued Dillon’s government in 2009 over road redevelopment they say has taken away much-needed parking spaces for the complex residents. Homeowners were tandem parking their cars in the town right-of-way, and Dillon officials said the practice was hazardous and illegal. Yacht Club also claimed the project diminished the condo complex’s property value by limiting its parking, making it difficult for owners to rent units and take out loans.
Even after getting a temporary injunction on construction last spring, in the end Yacht Club couldn’t block the project – though it was delayed significantly. So, instead they pursued legal action. The case went to court in January, and District Court Judge Terry Ruckriegle has yet to announce his ruling.
Another road reconstruction project will be initiated in Corinthian Hill come mid-summer. Concerns by residents in this area generally tend to focus on revegetation and damage to private property – the town says it’s working with the neighborhood to minimize potential issues.
According to town engineer Dan Burroughs, construction on Gold Run resumed in April, and workers already completed half of the new storm sewer system. They’ve also abandoned the old water main and disconnected it from the Tenderfoot water main, connecting the remaining homes to the new water main. Remaining work on Gold Run includes completing the storm sewer, replacement of sanitary sewer manholes, installing the road base beneath asphalt, new concrete pans, asphalt paving and revegetating disturbed areas.
“We’re trying to finish up by the first week in June,” Burroughs said. “Things are going well.”
The next stage of reconstruction work is set to start today at the end of Tenderfoot Street by Highway 6.
Burroughs said the south end of Tenderfoot Street will be closed for reconstruction through June 30, but all Tenderfoot residents will be able to access their homes. Residents living on Gold Run Circle or Tenderfoot Street between LaBonte Street and Highway 6 must take Lake Dillon Drive or LaBonte Street.
“Work on Tenderfoot Street should be finished before the Fourth of July weekend,” Burroughs said.
Major construction is then set to start on Corinthian Circle after July 4. Workers are currently locating utility lines in this area.
For more information, e-mail Burroughs at
Caitlin Row can be reached
at (970) 668-4633 or at
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