Little Beaver Trail in Dillon closed until further notice
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DILLON – After more than a month, Little Beaver Trail in Dillon is no closer to reopening. The road is one of the primary routes into Dillon Valley from Highway 6 across from Office Max.
It was shut down in late May after 170,000 gallons of water gushed down the 60-foot retaining wall behind Walgreens,
“All the water and weight of erosion caused the retaining walls to slide into Little Beaver Trail,” Dillon’s town manager Devin Granbery said. “It’s a very difficult site, and it doesn’t lend itself to any quick fix. A geotechnical consultant has been hired to get Little Beaver Trail open.”
Even so, Granbery doesn’t anticipate the road to resume use for at least two-to-three months.
“We don’t know what caused the water line to rupture at this point,” he said. “There’s no evidence that the public water line failed on its own accord. Off the main water line was a lateral line for a fire hydrant and that was pulled loose somehow.”
The Town of Dillon will be working along side the property owner – Pace Properties – to ensure public safety on the site, get Little Beaver Trail open, and to reconnect the water loop in the area.
“There’s no danger,” Granbery said, adding that security fencing has been put up around the damaged site to keep people out. “We’re not noticing significant movement on the hillside at this point. There’s slight movement, but there’s not a lot of danger to the people living below.”
Locals and visitors seeking access to Dillon Valley from Dillon should still use Evergreen Road, at the top of the hill near the Lutheran church.
“There will not be use, other than emergency access, on Little Beaver Trail,” Granbery added. “We hope to have the water line looped back by mid-July. Nobody’s out of water service. It’s more for fire flows and water pressure.”
Updates of the specific time of reopening of Little Beaver Trail can be found at http://www.townofdillon.com.
SDN reporter Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at email@example.com.
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