Summit County orders dam road open |

Summit County orders dam road open

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado ” Local authorities are demanding that the Denver Water Board immediately open a road along Dillon Reservoir or they will issue an order that could lead to criminal charges.

The Lake Dillon Fire Protection District issued a notice of violation to the water board Tuesday. Denver and Summit County officials met during the day to discuss long-term solutions to the dispute over the road.

Dillon Reservoir in Summit County is the primary source of Denver’s water. The water board put up gates because of security concerns.

Summit County says the gates violate fire codes and are a safety hazard.

The Denver Water Board says it’s reviewing the notice.

But Summit County officials could learn Wednesday about the unspecified threats Denver Water has used to justify the Dam Road closure. Denver Water officials will sit down with local law-enforcement agencies Wednesday evening to discuss vulnerability assessments that led to the closing July 8 of the popular east-west roadway.

While Denver Water said they learned about specific threats to earthen dams, local officials have been adamant they have not heard about any credible threat to the safety of the dam.

The Summit Daily News contributed to this report.

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