The Denver Water Board is paying HDR Engineering $52,180 to present road alternatives to the Dam Road. HDR gave 15 routes as alternatives, ranging from $18 million to $49 million.
Denver Water officials admitted they can’t afford building a new road but said grants from the Department of Homeland Security may help.
But they’re still suggesting three “viable” options, mostly originating from the existing road and dumping out in Silverthorne, at Stephen’s Way, Wildernest or Anemone Trail.
Local officials say such routes would strain Silverthorne’s I-70 Interstate , which is one of the busiest in Colorado. They prefer to keep the Dam Road open, perhaps by building a bridge over the dam, and add that they don’t have the money to maintain another road.
Denver officials said, on Aug. 1, that they weren’t sure of their next move, but they’d keep locals in the loop.