Dillon Dam Road still closed after scare | VailDaily.com

Dillon Dam Road still closed after scare

Ashley Dickson
Summit County Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado ” Five days have passed the filming of a music video caused a security scare on the Dillon Dam Road, and the Denver Water Board finally released information that the road could reopen as early as today.

Summit County and Denver Water Board officials met Monday to assess security risks at the dam and concluded that although there are definite concerns, it is important that the road reopen to ease the inconvenience to motorists.

According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, 8,500 vehicles travel the Dillon Dam Road each day, and the lack off communication as to why the road remained closed created a headache for commuters.

“We are trying to make sure the dam and the citizen are protected,” said Trina McGuire of the Denver Water Board. “We are now waiting to install Jersey barriers on the road to discourage people from stopping on the Dam.”

Local officials have been waiting on the Water Board to give the final go-ahead to open the road, yet no one still seems to know when, exactly, residents will be able to use one of the county’s three main east-west throughways.

“We have an obligation to work with (the Denver Water Board) to keep the dam safe, but at the same time we want to keep the road open,” said Summit County Sheriff John Minor. “We are sensitive to their security needs and are sorry for the delay.”

The Denver Water Board is confident that the road will be open by Friday at the very latest, and will be looking to post signs around the dam to avoid incidents like this in the future.

Police were called to the Dillon Dam Road last Tuesday to find two men from the Denver area walking the already closed road on foot filming a music video. The men told police that they knew the road had been closed because of weather conditions and had parked their car at the east Dillon Dam gate.

Information collected at the scene was forwarded to the Denver Field Office of the FBI, which is the normal protocol when dealing with any suspicious activity involving a public infrastructure like a dam.

“We had to take the necessary steps to ensure there was no threat and will be looking to take other precautions in the future to protect that infrastructure,” McGuire said.

The Dillon Dam is a primary reservoir storage facility in Denver Water’s collection system.

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