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Public Works

I-25 Wildlife Exclusion Fence Project

Roadway

Partners

  • Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW)
  • City of Castle Pines
  • Town of Castle Rock
  • Douglas County

Project Update

Traffic and cone zone information available in “Schedule” section below. 

For questions about this project, contact the CDOT hotline/email below:

Project Hotline:  970-880-4318
Project Email: [email protected]

For further updates, please visit the CDOT project website here: wildlife fencing project 

Newsroom:

Newsroom Posted November 1, 2022 – Watch for wildlife, avoid collisions during daylight saving time.

Newsroom Posted August 25, 2022 – CDOT crews move wildlife fencing operations to east side of I-25.

Newsroom Posted June 15, 2022 – Wildlife fencing work begins on I-25 at Castle Rock Parkway

CDOT I-25 South Gap Wildlife Fence Project

Description

Project Summary: In response to incidents of vehicle/animal collisions along the I-25 corridor in Douglas County, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), the City of Castle Pines, the Town of Castle Rock and Douglas County have partnered to install 14 miles of wildlife fencing on the east and west side of I-25, from the Ridgegate exit (MM 192) in Lone Tree to the Meadows/Founders exit in Castle Rock (MM 184). In total, CDOT is currently installing four new wildlife crossings and more than 30 miles of deer fence as part of the I-25 South Gap project, which stretches across two counties (Elbert and Douglas Counties). CDOT began fence construction in April 2022 with the installation to be completed in January 2023.

Maps of Wildlife Fence Locations:
Please note, on the maps that Alternate B was chosen as the alignment along I-25 instead of along Havana. Alternate B allows us to avoid a costly and potentially unsafe deer guard on Havana.

Timeline of Project: 

  • April 2022 – Construction began
    CDOT began fence construction with the installation to be completed in summer 2022.
  • August 2022 – After several months of work, the project team is wrapping up fence installation on the west side of I-25 (southbound) between Castle Rock Parkway and Ridgegate Parkway.
  • November – December 2022 – The fencing is approximately 75% completed along I-25.
  • January 2023 – The fencing portion of the install is finalized and crews are wrapping up game ramps and other miscellaneous items – project is anticipated to be completed by end of January 2023.

Schedule

December 27, 2022 – January 23, 2023:

Happy Canyon Road ramp closures:

  • Working hours will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27.
  • On Tuesday, closure of the Happy Canyon on-ramp to southbound I-25. Traffic will be detoured around Happy Canyon Road to US 85, to Castle Rock Parkway to the I-25 northbound on-ramp.
  • Crews plan to install deer guards at the Happy Canyon and I-25 intersection over two weekends in January. Phase I of this work is anticipated to take place on the west side of the Happy Canyon bridge, with a full closure from 6 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, January 7. Detour routes will be in place during this time. Phase II will take place the weekend of January 20, with the westbound lane closed from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., alternating traffic on Friday night. On Saturday night, crews will close the eastbound lane from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., alternating traffic in one lane. This schedule is weather dependent and subject to change. Please continue to monitor for updates.
  • For real-time lane closure information on this project and others across the state, please visit: https://www.cotrip.org

Project Photos