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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 Generates More Than $33.5 Billion Annually in Economic Impact for Colorado

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DENVER – Jan. 21, 2020 – Today, Denver International Airport and the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Division of Aeronautics announced that Denver International Airport’s (DEN) contribution to the state of Colorado’s economy increased by nearly 30 percent from 2013 to 2018. This is according to the Division of Aeronautics’ 2020 Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study. DEN has grown to become a $33.5 billion economic engine for the state and a driver for increased business and travel.

DEN’s total economic output comparison from 2013 to 2018:

JobsPayrollValue AddedBusiness Revenue
2013183,878$8,624,024,963No data$26,279,909,001
2018259,084$11,110,914,000$18,724,455,000$33,509,152,000

“DEN is proud to remain the top economic engine for the state of Colorado, especially as we celebrate our 25th year,” said DEN CEO Kim Day. “When DEN opened in 1995, we served around 31 million passengers, in 2019, we reached nearly 70 million passengers. Just as important are the many jobs created by DEN, which grew from 183,878 in 2013 to 259,084 in 2018. As we continue to grow, we are committed to bolstering Colorado’s future as an economic powerhouse.”

As the study states, airports in Colorado are responsible for generating billions of dollars in economic benefit and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs. Colorado’s diverse system of airports helps to sustain, lead, and diversify the State’s economy.

“The Division of Aeronautics is proud to partner with DEN and 73 other public-use airports as we work statewide to support aviation and airports as a key part of Colorado’s multi-modal transportation system,” said CDOT Aeronautics Director David Ulane. “The increased economic impact at DEN is echoed statewide, underscoring the importance and value of aviation across all of Colorado.”

DEN connects people and businesses to the world, and as Denver has grown so has DEN’s air service network – serving more than 215 nonstop destinations, including 28 international cities in 14 countries. As a result, more tourists are visiting Denver and more businesses are calling Denver their home. More than 9.8 million people visited Denver in 2019, indicating the Mile-High City’s appeal.

DEN contributes to the state’s economic wellbeing through directly-related employment, purchasing and sales and by facilitating the movement of people, goods and services throughout the world. DEN provides a vital connection between Colorado and the world through tourism and commerce.

The full CDOT Aviation Economic Impact Study will be released in April. A link to the full study Technical Memo detailing the study’s methodology is located here.


Denver International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. DEN is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating more than $36 billion for the region annually. For more information visit www.FlyDenver.com, check us out on YouTube and Instagram, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Sign up for DEN’s monthly newsletter Nonstop News.


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