From the Colorado Department of Transportation:
The Colorado Department of Transportation, in cooperation with Myers and Sons Construction, began installing wildlife fencing along Interstate 25 beginning June 1. 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 rehabilitating concrete 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. At the end of the summer, they will move to the east side of I-25.
After several recent collisions and growing public concern, CDOT, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), Town of Castle Pines, Town of Castle Rock and Douglas County have released a plan to mitigate crash-related crashes. wildlife. 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 led to a change in animal patterns, raising concerns for traveler safety. As fences continue to climb, CDOT and CPW predict a sharp decrease in wildlife-vehicle collisions and will begin monitoring success in the fall.
- Daytime working hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Crews will primarily be installing fencing during this time.
- Night shift hours will be 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Sunday evening through Friday morning. During nighttime construction, single and dual lane closures, intermittent alternating traffic in both directions are expected on I-25 for the duration of the project.
CPW recommends drivers to stay alert and slow down, particularly at dawn and dusk when wildlife is most active. If drivers see wildlife on the road, they should not swerve, as they are more likely to be shipwrecked trying to avoid an animal. It’s best to slow down if possible and look for other wildlife as most travel in groups.
For more information on this project:
Travelers are urged to “inquire before you go”. Gather information on weather forecasts and anticipated impacts on travel and current road conditions before hitting the road. CDOT resources include:
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