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Inbound Peña Blvd. lanes (heading to DEN) between Tower Rd. & the RTD bridge will be restored to their pre-existing, permanent alignment. A right inbound lane closure will be in effect from approximately 8 p.m. on May 28 to 4 a.m. on May 29. Additionally, crews will replace a damaged overhead electronic message board sign on May 28 and 29 on outbound Peña Blvd. (leaving DEN). Work is expected to start around 10 p.m. on May 28 and finish around 4 a.m. on May 29, and again around 10 p.m. on May 29 to 4 a.m. on May 30. At approximately 1 a.m., between Tower Road and E 56th Avenue, a slow rolling closure of Peña Boulevard traffic will be implemented for less than 10 minutes. Speeds will be significantly reduced. Crews will be transporting and setting bridge girders on E-470 over outbound Peña Blvd. (leaving DEN) between 11 p.m. on May 30 until 6 a.m. on May 31. Between Jackson Gap Street and E-470, approximately once every hour, slow, rolling closures of Peña will be implemented for approximately seven minutes. Speeds will be significantly reduced during this time.

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DEN Completes First Major Milestone on the Great Hall Project

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First Contractual Milestone Completed Ahead of Schedule

DENVER – July 23, 2020 – Denver International Airport (DEN) has completed its first major milestone on the Great Hall Project since the airport took over the management of the project and hired a new contractor in late 2019. DEN and its contractor, Hensel Phelps (HP), completed the installation of the steel for the new airline ticketing pods on Level 6 a couple weeks ahead of schedule.

The steel creates the framework for four new airline ticketing pods, two on the east side and two on the west. These pods will house the new self-bag drops for passengers to check their bags. On the east side, Southwest Airlines will be utilizing the ticketing pods and on the west side, United Airlines.

“When DEN entered into the contract with Hensel Phelps to complete the first phase of the Great Hall Project, we developed several key milestones to track progress and ensure we are staying on schedule,” said DEN Chief Executive Officer Kim Day. “This is our first contractual milestone and we pleased to celebrate its completion ahead of the August 1, 2020 deadline. Now, we are setting our sights on the next milestone, which is the substantial completion of the four ticketing pods by late 2021.”

The ticketing pods are part of the first phase of the Great Hall Project, which also includes constructing new restrooms and adding capacity in the terminal by widening the Level 6 decks that extend out above Level 5, providing additional floor space. Phase I is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2021. However, access to supplies and building materials remain a challenge due to COVID-19 and could alter the schedule.

The design and scope of additional phases are still being evaluated with input from our stakeholders. DEN continues to work through design decisions, including evaluating changes in passenger behaviors and operational requirements based on impacts from COVID-19.

To track the progress of the project, visit our dashboard. You can also sign-up for the monthly Great Hall newsletter, visit https://www.flydenver.com/great_hall.


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