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Upcoming Overnight Closures of Inbound Peña Boulevard; Changes Coming to Return to Terminal Loop

DENVER – Oct. 19, 2020 – Denver International Airport (DEN) is continuing its work to improve safety and traffic flow on Peña Boulevard near the airport. This week, crews will close a section of inbound Peña Boulevard at Jackson Gap Street for overhead sign removal and will relocate the route drivers take to return to the terminal from outbound Peña Boulevard.

Relocated Return to Terminal Route Starting Oct. 21

Overnight on Tuesday, Oct. 20, the Return-to-Terminal route will permanently change. Currently, drivers departing the airport on outbound Peña Boulevard can return to the terminal by using the left lane exit on the east side of the Mustang sculpture; the route will be relocated to Jackson Gap Street.

Beginning at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, in order to return to the airport after exiting, drivers will follow a new route to the Jackson Gap Street exit, which is located approximately one mile from existing Return to Terminal loop. Drivers should follow detour signage back to inbound Peña Boulevard. The Return-to-Terminal route using Jackson Gap Street is permanent, but once the first phase of project is complete by the end of 2020, motorists will utilize a new free-flow ramp at Jackson Gap to return to inbound Peña Boulevard.

Those picking up passengers at the airport are STRONGLY encouraged to wait in DEN’s cell phone waiting lot at Final Approach until their friends and family have arrived at the Level 4 passenger pick-up area. Final Approach and the cell phone waiting lot can be easily accessed by exiting inbound Peña Boulevard at 75th Avenue and following signs to the lot.

Additionally, due to construction-related lane closures, drivers headed to the terminal on inbound Peña Blvd. should stay in the dedicated east-side or west-side lanes before entering the construction zone at Jackson Gap:

  • Drivers should use the left lane if they are picking up or dropping off passengers at Terminal West or parking in Economy Parking
  • Drivers should use the right lane if they are picking up or dropping off passengers at Terminal East
  • All airlines and security checkpoints are accessible from Terminal West and Terminal East

Full Closure Inbound Peña Boulevard – Oct 20 & 21

Crews will close a small section of inbound Peña Boulevard overnight tomorrow, Oct. 20, and Wednesday, Oct. 21, for necessary work on the project, including the removal of large overhead signage. During the closure, detours will be in place and access to Terminal East and Terminal West will not be impacted but passengers should allow for additional time to get to the airport.

Inbound Peña Boulevard will close at Jackson Gap Street at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Wednesday, Oct. 21, and will reopen again by 4 a.m. the following mornings. Traffic will be detoured onto Jackson Gap, along 75th Avenue and Shady Grove Street and then back onto Peña Boulevard. Motorists should follow all posted signs and allow for an additional 15 minutes of travel time. See the detour map here.

The overnight closures of Peña Boulevard have been carefully planned during times when traffic volumes are lowest along the roadway.

Motorists should follow all posted signs and allow for an additional 15 minutes of travel time.

Project Information

As part of the project, the Return-to-Terminal route, which allows drivers on outbound Peña Boulevard to turn back to the terminal, will be relocated to Jackson Gap Street, about one mile from the current route. The new free-flow loop at Jackson Gap Street will improve traffic flow and simplify the route for traffic returning to the terminal. This phase of the project will be complete by early 2021.

Additionally, two additional lanes of traffic on inbound Peña between Jackson Gap Street and the terminal will be constructed to help reduce congestion and improve safety, capacity and traffic flow. Aging and failing infrastructure, including pavement that has been in place for over 25 years, will also be replaced.


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