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Summit County Government

Posted on: September 7, 2021

Dillon Reservoir Recreational Pathway Improvements to Start Wednesday, September 8

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A detour around construction will be available weekdays for cyclists and pedestrians

Contact: Allison Mitchell, Summit County Open Space & Trails

SUMMIT COUNTY – Beginning September 8, 2021, the Dillon Dam portion of the Summit County paved Recreational Pathway System (Recpath) will be closed for a few weeks for shoulder installation and repairs. The soft surface recover zone (shoulder) will be repaired in four sections between the Heaton Bay Campground entrance and the eastern intersection of Dillon Dam Road. 

A detour will be in place on weekdays, excluding holidays, along a section of the Dillon Reservoir Recpath where it parallels Dillon Dam Road. All Recpath traffic will be directed about one-half mile along the Dillon Dam Road from the eastern intersection of the Dillon Dam Road to the entrance of the Heaton Bay Campground. Cyclists can share the roadway with motor vehicles, and pedestrians can use the widened roadway shoulders. The Open Space and Trails Department will place fencing and signs along the closed Recpath section and will have detour signs to direct traffic. The construction contractor, RPM Construction, based out of Gypsum, CO, will also use a portion of the Dillon Dam Road pull-off near the Giberson Bay Day Use Area for materials and equipment staging. The anticipated construction duration is approximately four weeks. 

Cyclists, runners, walkers, and other recreational users should observe all active closures and detours. Users detouring off the Recpath onto Dillon Dam Road should observe all traffic laws. Pedestrians should utilize the widened roadway shoulder. Cyclists should dismount and walk, or ride in the same direction as vehicle traffic.

The adjacent Forest Service facilities, Giberson Bay Day Use Area and Heaton Bay Campground, will remain open throughout construction until their regularly scheduled seasonal closure date, which is currently anticipated to be October 3. Access will remain open along all Forest Service roads until gates close for the season.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience and respect of all detours and closures while this important work is occurring,” said Open Space and Trails Department Resource Specialist Allison Mitchell. “Though unlikely, should users encounter machinery on the Recpath, use caution and ensure good visibility to all operators.”

For more information about the Summit County Recreational Pathway, contact the Open Space and Trails Department at 970-668-4060, or visit www.SummitCountyCO.gov/OpenSpace

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