Motorists can expect major delays on northbound I-25 through Douglas County on Friday
DOUGLAS COUNTY – As part of Deputy Zackari Parrish’s procession, motorists can expect a rolling full closure on northbound Interstate 25 from Founders Parkway to Lincoln Avenue this Friday, January 5. The procession will start at approximately 8:45 a.m., beginning at Founders Parkway, and will end at approximately 12 p.m. at Lincoln Avenue. Full closures will be in place as the procession enters and exits I-25. Motorists can expect major delays throughout the I-25 corridor and surrounding roadways as a result of the closure.
There is expected to be at least 2,000 vehicles as part of the procession and will be moving at approximately 25 miles per hour. The Colorado Department of Transportation is alerting motorists that if they are not past Lincoln Avenue on I-25 by 8:30 a.m., they will likely be caught behind the rolling closure. Motorists should visit cotrip.org, call 5-1-1, or visit CDOT’s Facebook and Twitter pages to receive travel alerts.
Travelers from the Colorado Springs area will be able to take Colorado State Highway 83 to avoid the rolling closure, otherwise there is not another viable detour.
Emergency vehicles will be permitted to enter closure points.
Information directly from the Douglas County Sheriff's office:
Funeral services to honor Deputy Zackari Parrish will be on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., at Cherry Hills Community Church (3900 Grace Blvd. Highlands Ranch). The following are some specific considerations to keep in mind:
Service starts at 11:00 a.m., so please plan on arriving early as parking and seating are limited. When you enter the parking lot please follow direction from staff to be parked in the appropriate area. Please be encouraged to carpool or use public transportation. Alternately, the service will be livestreamed if you aren’t able to make it to the event (please monitor the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office social media for a link). No public entry will be allowed into the venue after 10:45 a.m.
As a matter of security, please refrain from bringing bags inside the church. The only bags that will be permitted must be clear/see through. Any oversized or suspicious bags will be subject to inspection and may not be allowed inside the venue. Cell phones or any other small recording devices will not be permitted per the family’s request
In addition, a law enforcement motorcade will follow the family procession to the church prior to the ceremony. Northbound I-25 at Plum Creek Parkway will be closed at 8:45 a.m., with rolling closures along the following route:
Northbound on I-25 from Plum Creek Parkway to Lincoln Avenue Westbound on Lincoln, then University, to Wildcat Reserve Parkway.Southbound from Wildcat Reserve Parkway to Grace Boulevard.Westbound on Grace Boulevard to Cherry Hills Community Church.
Traffic may be affected and we would encourage using alternate routes. There is no parking permitted along I-25, but if you would like to observe the motorcade, we ask that you use the sidewalks along Lincoln and along University on the route.
Flowers can be delivered to the Cherry Hills Community Church on Thursday 01/04/2017 between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm.
The best option for financial contributions to honor and support the officers involved in this incident and their families is via the Douglas County Fallen Officer Fund. Any donations made to this fund are distributed with no fees, and it is tax deductible through the Fallen Officer Fund 501(c)3. To donate to the Douglas County Fallen Officer’s Fund, go to www.dcsheriff.net/fallen-officer-fund/.If you would like to make a financial contribution by any other means, you can drop it off at either the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Highlands Ranch Substation (9250 Zotos Dr. Highlands Ranch) or the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Main Lobby (4000 Justice Way, Castle Rock) between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm. The funeral planning team has been greatly appreciative of the generous food donations that have come in, but we will no longer be able to accept them at this time.
We are trying to discourage the utilization of GoFundMe campaigns as it is difficult to verify the source legitimacy and we want to minimize the fees/taxes that the family would have to navigate.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Highlands Ranch Substation Memorial:
There is currently a patrol vehicle parked in front of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Highlands Ranch Substation (9250 Zotos Dr. Highlands Ranch) that is acting as a receiving point for any kind notes and/or support that the public might want to leave. We are regularly collecting notes and items from the memorial to be delivered to the Parrish family as they accrue.
Here is more information from the Douglas County Sheriff's Department regarding the funeral procession:
A law enforcement motorcade will follow the family procession to the church prior to the ceremony. The motorcade will start their route at approximately 8:45am from Northbound I-25 at Plum Creek Parkway with rolling closures (closed when the motorcade is present, open when it is clear) along the following route:
Northbound on I-25 from Plum Creek Parkway to Lincoln Avenue.Westbound on Lincoln, then University, to Wildcat Reserve Parkway.Southbound from Wildcat Reserve Parkway to Grace Boulevard.Westbound on Grace Boulevard to Cherry Hills Community Church.
Keep in mind that the “closure” of I-25 is defined as “rolling closure.” I-25 will not be permanently closed during the total duration of the motorcade. The highway and all other roads in the path of the motorcade will be opened immediately after the motorcade drives by each location.
There will be NO PARKING permitted along I25 for viewing, but media and the public are welcome to view from a safe location along Lincoln Ave. or University Blvd.
Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered in honor of Deputy Zackari Parrish
DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, from sunrise until sunset to honor Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish as he is laid to rest.
Parrish, 29, died in the line of duty on Dec. 31, 2017, of injuries sustained while responding to an incident in Highlands Ranch. He has been with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for seven months. Before joining the Sheriff’s Office, he worked for the Castle Rock Police Department.
Parrish is survived by his wife and two daughters.