County asks judge to reopen Dillon road
Aspen, CO Colorado
FRISCO, Colo. ” Several Summit County government officials filed a complaint Friday against the Denver Water Board, asking a judge to override the utility and reopen a road that Denver Water closed because of security concerns at Dillon Reservoir.
The complaint, filed in Summit County District Court, said the closure makes access for emergencies “extremely low.”
Denver Water Board officials had not yet reviewed the lawsuit Friday evening and declined to comment.
Denver Water announced the closure Tuesday and placed heavy barriers on the road at staggered positions. County government officials have accused the water board of providing short notice for the closure of the road, one of three cross-county routes.
The Dillon Reservoir is the primary source for the Denver area’s water.
A coalition that includes the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District, Summit County commissioners and the towns of Dillon, Silverthorne, and Frisco filed a complaint alleging that utility officials failed to explore alternatives with county governments for closing Dillon Dam Road and have not disclosed details of the security concerns that prompted the closure.
Sheriff John Minor said in a written statement Friday that his office has found “no specific, credible threat against the dam.”
Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue spokesman Brandon Williams said that during a test of emergency access to the road Thursday, an ambulance crew had to notify one of three guards who can unlock gates at the entrance of the dam, wait for the gate to be re-locked behind them before being escorted across the dam, drive past the staggered barriers, and then wait to be let out at a gate on the opposite end of the road.
Williams said it took at least a minute for an ambulance to drive around one barrier and that fire trucks had no access to the road.
Denver Water spokeswoman Stacy Chesney said new barriers that are scheduled to arrive Wednesday will allow access for fire trucks, police and EMT vehicles.
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