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Silverthorne Public Works ups ante on roadwork, landscaping

Daily News staff report

The snow has stopped for at least for a little while, and Silverthorne Public Works officials are busy with street work. This week and next, they’re filling cracks all over town as well as sweeping streets and sidewalks.

Four summer seasonal employees are working alongside full-time maintenance workers to prepare flower beds for summer planting and to clean up grass areas from snow storage and general winter impacts.

“We are about three weeks behind where we would like to be due to the weather conditions, and so likely, our flowers this year will be planted later than normal, including the seed beds over the river near 7-11,” town documents state.

Restrooms at Trent and Rainbow parks should open later in May, once temperatures allow the unheated restrooms to accept running water. Restrooms at North Pond Park and Willow Grove Open Space are open, being cleaned and restocked daily.

In anticipation of minor flooding in some areas and to prepare for spring runoff, Denver Water has increased Dillon Reservoir outflow to 457 cubic feet per second. When Blue River flows go higher, the bike path under Bald Eagle Road will likely have to close.

Already, high flows are occurring in some ditches in Three Peaks and near Ruby Ranch Road. Groundwater levels are also up early this year, officials said, as evidenced by the levels of North Pond, which is fully up and overflowing into adjacent wetlands.

The Joint Sewer Authority is monitoring flows to ensure spring runoff doesn’t approach plant capacity. Plans are in place to ensure no impacts to the river if the plant does approach capacity limits.

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