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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 Eligible to Receive $269 Million Through CARES Act

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DENVER – April 14, 2020 – Denver International Airport (DEN) will be eligible to receive approximately $269 million through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act stimulus package, which was signed into law on March 27. The CARES Act provides approximately $10 billion in grants for airports experiencing severe economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 health emergency. The CARES Act is the largest economic relief package in our nation’s history.

“Denver International Airport is one of Denver’s and Colorado’s primary economic engines and will be key to our city’s economic recovery efforts. This funding for the airport will help us protect peoples’ jobs, and I want to thank our congressional representatives for supporting the stimulus package and providing the financial tools to support DEN through this crisis,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said.

Under the CARES Act, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) distributes funds to airports based on enplanements and other metrics related to cash reserves and debt service. Funding received through the CARES Act will be used to prevent, prepare for and respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no deadline by which the funds must be used.

“DEN is grateful for this stimulus package and wants to acknowledge the support of Colorado’s congressional delegation,” said DEN CEO Kim Day. “The funds will go a long way to helping us meet our financial obligations, support our bond ratings and save jobs.”

Prior to receiving stimulus funds, DEN took decisive action to protect the airport financially. DEN has instituted a hiring freeze, is focusing on essential expenditures and is reprioritizing capital projects and programs to position the airport for a strong recovery. Passenger traffic from TSA Checkpoint data has fallen by 95 percent at DEN compared to this time in 2019, which is similar to the national trend as fewer passengers are traveling and airlines have cut flights.

DEN has put significant cost cutting measures in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting dramatic drop in passenger traffic and the associated loss of revenue. DEN must use the stimulus funds to cover debt service and keep the airport financially sound.

In addition to $58 billion in grants and loans to airlines, the package also includes grants for impacted tourism businesses. It provides $6.5 billion in Community Development and Economic Development Administration grants for economic injuries caused by COVID-19, including the tourism industry.

Read the FAA’s announcement about the CARES Act fund distribution here. To learn more about the FAA CARES Act airport grants, click here.


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