Wildlife Fencing Work Begins on I-25 at Castle Rock Parkway
Last month, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) began installing wildlife fencing along I-25. The project, which is expected to be completed in October, is focused on building 10 miles of wildlife fencing, guardrails, and two deer guards at Happy Canyon Road – in addition to concrete rehabilitation on I-25.
Crews are currently installing fencing on the west side of I-25, working south to north from Castle Rock Parkway to Ridgegate Parkway. In late summer, they will transition to the east side of I-25.
After several recent collisions and growing public concern, CDOT, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), the City of Castle Pines, the Town of Castle Rock, and Douglas County put forth a plan to mitigate wildlife related crashes. Based on wildlife migration studies and collision data, the group determined that exclusion fencing would help significantly reduce the number of incidents along the I-25 corridor. Increased development in the area has caused animal patterns to shift, raising concerns for traveler safety. As the fencing continues to go up, CDOT and CPW anticipate a large decrease in wildlife/vehicle collisions and will begin monitoring success in the fall.
Traffic will be impacted as a result of the construction. Daytime working hours will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Crews will be primarily installing fencing during this time. Nighttime working hours will be from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday night through Friday morning. During nighttime construction, single and double lane closures and alternating traffic intermittently in either direction are expected on I-25 throughout the duration of the project. CPW recommends drivers stay alert and slow down, particularly at dawn and dusk when wildlife is more active.
Information provided by CDOT; photo courtesy of Douglas County