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Dillon Dam Road to reopen to traffic

Summit Daily Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

FRISCO, Colo. ” Denver Water officials will reopen the Dillon Dam Road to limited traffic Friday afternoon, the Summit Daily News has learned.

Summit County commissioners and Sheriff John Minor, along with retired Maj. Gen. Mason Whitney, the state director of homeland security, and Denver Water officials, have scheduled a press conference on the Dillon side of the dam at 4 p.m.

The road is expected to open to passenger cars only, according to preliminary reports.

Friday afternoon, Denver Water officials and the county commissioners are expecting to sign an agreement that was drafted over the last week to open the road while ensuring the safety of the dam.

“We made substantial progress at the meeting yesterday,” said County Manager Gary Martinez.

With only a few hours of warning, Denver Water abruptly closed the road on July 8, citing unspecified security concerns but insisting there were no specific threats against the dam.

Since then, angry officials in the county ” fueled by loud public outcry ” have been negotiating with the utility to reopen the road, even filing suit in district court to force the issue.

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