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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 Names Chris McLaughlin as Chief Operating Officer


Picture of Chris McLaughlin, new Chief Operating Officer at DEN.DENVER – Nov. 2, 2018 – Denver International Airport (DEN) today announced the appointment of Chris McLaughlin as its chief operating officer. As one of five executive vice president positions at the airport, McLaughlin will be responsible for managing DEN’s largest business unit.

McLaughlin has 18 years of aviation and airport security experience. He began his career working for Air Wisconsin Airlines and then Frontier Airlines as a senior director of hub operations. After working for airlines for nine years, he transitioned to airport security where he worked six years with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) serving various role in security operations, including overseeing federal security operations for the state of Colorado, including 14 commercial airports, with an emphasis on threat mitigation and response planning. He also served as an assistant administrator at TSA headquarters in Washington D.C. where he was instrumental in the development of TSA’s Pre✓® program.

McLaughlin also served as the senior vice president of field operations and security for CLEAR and most recently served as the vice president of global solutions for Evolv Technology, which focuses on identifying, investing and apply new technologies to enhance security.

“We are delighted to welcome Chris to DEN, especially at a time when we are so focused on enhancing our own operations and security,” airport CEO Kim Day said. “Chris’s aviation and expansive security knowledge is a timely addition as we prepare for our new security lanes coming in 2020 as part of the Great Hall Project and plan for DEN’s next 25 years.”

McLaughlin holds a Bachelor of Arts with high honors in Economics and Spanish from Connecticut College and has completed the Center for Homeland Defense and Security Executive Leadership Series through the Naval Post Graduate School. He also holds a certificate in International Studies with emphasis on Latin American Economic and Politics.

McLaughlin will assume his new role on December 3, 2018.

A photo of McLaughlin is attached.

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