SILVERTHORNE, Colo. (CBS4/AP) — More permanent security measures are planned at Dillon Reservoir.

Guard shacks with reinforced drop-down gates will be installed on both sides of the Dillon Dam Road. Work is expected to begin next month.

Denver Water has been closing the road at night since July 2008 because of an undisclosed security threat. At first the closures were around the clock but authorities switched to overnight closures because of public outcry.

Currently, guards in pick-up trucks are usually stationed at both ends of the dam during closures. There are also pop-up barriers that can be activated if a large vehicle attempts to cross.

The dam holds back about 80 billion gallons of water above Silverthorne and Interstate 70, which is a significant part of the Denver area’s water supply.

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  1. RWStone says:

    I wonder if they will give the guards beanbag guns to protect the dam, like the boarder guards along our southern US boarder?

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