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Two construction projects will impact traffic to and from Denver International Airport (DEN) this week.

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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Denver International Airport Announces Details of Proposed Completion Phase of the Great Hall Project


DENVER – Dec. 16, 2021 – Today, Denver International Airport (DEN) announced that it is seeking approval from Denver City Council for the Great Hall Completion, the final phase of the Great Hall Project, which includes a full buildout of improvements to the Jeppesen Terminal. The announcement of this phase comes on the heels of the completion of Phase 1, which constructed new ticketing/check-in spaces with self-bag drop units for United and Southwest passengers in the center of terminal.

“Fully building out the Great Hall Project now is the responsible thing to do and is crucial to DEN’s future success,” said DEN CEO Phil Washington. “It is essential that we continue the work we have started to better protect our passengers, upgrade our aging facility and prepare it for the future. We are recovering quickly, and our growth will continue to be robust over the next 10 to 20 years. Time is of the essence and these improvements must happen now before it’s even more expensive and disruptive to passengers.”

Prior to the pandemic in 2019, DEN served 69 million passengers and is expected to serve about 70 million passengers in 2022 and 100 million passengers in approximately 10 years. Moving forward with the Great Hall Completion directly ties to DEN’s Vison 100 plan, which will help DEN prepare for this growth. Put simply, more passengers mean more flights, more local jobs, increased revenue for the region, and more economic impact for our region.

The proposed Great Hall Complete plan must first get approved by Denver City Council. The proposal includes the following:

  • Improved safety for passengers. A new security checkpoint with enhanced technology on the northeast side of Level 6. With the completion of this second checkpoint, both the checkpoints on Level 5 will be relocated to Level 6. At the same time, this will enable DEN to add more screening lanes, increasing capacity by more than 60%.
  • Modern and spacious ticketing areas. New check-in areas will be built on the south end of Level 6 for all remaining airlines, not just United, Southwest and Frontier. These modular spaces will provide greater flexibility for airline expansion and other changing needs in the future.
  • Upgraded facility. The project will renovate restrooms, replace flooring, lighting, elevators/escalators, etc. These improvements will save DEN approximately $200-250 million in maintenance costs over 10 years.
  • Comfortable spaces to meet and greet travelers. This includes both domestic and international arrivals on Level 5.
  • Developing a pipeline of aviation talent. Building and creating DEN’s Center of Excellence and Equity in Aviation, which will be constructed on Level 4 of the Westin Denver International Airport. The Center will engage, educate, empower, motivate, and provide opportunities for students who are under-represented and young people who are interested in and passionate about careers in aviation. It will help build a future skilled workforce and become a focal point for aviation knowledge and best practices.

These additional improvements to the Jeppesen Terminal will provide numerous benefits to our passengers and community including:

  • Creating 6,500 direct jobs, 500 indirect jobs, 1,300 induced jobs and an estimated 54,000 additional apprenticeship hours. Additionally, the community will benefit from training and job opportunities once the project is complete, and when DEN’s Center of Excellence and Equity in Aviation opens.
  • Providing additional space to allow airlines to better serve passengers and to grow by adding new airlines and destinations and creating more options for connecting our community to the world.
  • Creating efficiencies that are concurrent with construction of the existing phases of the project and allows DEN to minimize construction impacts.
  • Increasing capacity of the terminal to accommodate at least 100 million annual passengers.

The proposed budget for the Great Hall Completion including contingency and the capacity for DEN to meet all the Terminal’s needs is $1.3 billion and will not be funded with taxpayer dollars, but rather by revenue generated at the airport. If this phase is approved by Denver City Council in January, the Great Hall Completion would begin work in late 2022 and is expected to be complete between spring 2027 and summer 2028 with sections opening along the way. A more definitive timeline will be determined once design is complete.

“We have made a number of changes from what was proposed when the Great Hall Project was originally conceived,” added Washington. “While there is still a need to provide food and services for travelers, no one should mistake this as being a shopping mall. This project is about making sure DEN is ready for 100 million annual passengers. We cannot afford to fall behind and we owe it to our community to do the right thing for this airport. I understand that additional years of construction isn’t what many want to hear, but the most difficult work is behind us. This last phase of construction will be less impactful than the previous phase of construction in the center and we will open sections along the way as work is completed. We will do everything possible to make this a better experience for travelers.”

Currently, Phase 2 of the Great Hall Project is under construction and will be complete by mid-2024 with the checkpoint completed in the first quarter of 2024. Hensel Phelps is the contractor for Phase 1 and 2 and would be the contractor for the Great Hall Completion under this proposal. The first two phases will be completed within the $770 million budget that was established at the start of the current Great Hall construction work.

Learn more about the Great Hall Project here.

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