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Will talks reopen Dam Road?

Ryan Slabaugh
Summit County Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Mark Fox/Summit Daily News
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SUMMIT COUNTY ” Negotiations between Summit County and Denver Water could lead to the re-opening of the Dillon Dam Road, according to Sheriff John Minor.

Talks between the two groups are ongoing, and no timeline has been set for the agreement, although Minor said they are trying to move as rapidly as possible.

Minor said he was pleased with the tone and focus of the meeting last Friday, but added that trust between the two organizations is still an issue.



Another meeting is being scheduled for this week, when county officials again will propose re-opening the road. Other specifics about the negotiations are not being released.

On July 9, Denver Water abruptly closed the Dam Road after receiving new information from undisclosed state and federal agencies regarding the dam’s vulnerability.

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Since then, local and federal authorities have reported there is no impending threat on the dam, although they do understand the dam’s vulnerabilities and the catastrophic consequences from a structural failure.

“We’d need to have all three in place ” threat, vulnerability and consequence ” for us to feel closing the road entirely is reasonable,” Minor said.

County, town and local emergency officials continue to stress that unimpeded access on the Dam Road is imperative to emergency response.


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