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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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East Economy Lot to Reopen, Implementation of New Parking System Continues

DENVER – May 20, 2021 – Denver International Airport (DEN) is prepared to welcome more passengers back for a busy summer season. With passenger traffic increasing, DEN will reopen the East Economy parking lot at 12:01 a.m. on May 22. The lot was closed in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rates in both the East and West Economy Lots remain the same at $17 per day, $5 per hour. Daily rates drop to $15 after the third day. With the opening of the East Economy Lot, the only lots that remain closed are Pikes Peak and Mt Elbert and Valet Parking. There are many comparable off-airport parking lots that offer shuttle service to DEN.

New Parking System Launch

DEN has been upgrading its public parking system over the last eight months which improves the entry and exit process. The new parking system has been in place in the West Economy Lot and West Garage since November 2020 and will become active in the East Economy Lot on May 22 and the East Garage on May 25.

To allow DEN to switch over to the new system, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on May 22, the East Garage will close to incoming vehicles until May 25. Cars parked in the East Garage will still be able to exit throughout that timeframe. Due to the implementation of the new system, customers who parked in the East Garage prior to 12:01 a.m. on May 22, should proceed to a “cashier” payment lane when exiting.

During the East Garage closure, customers will be directed to park in the West Garage instead. The West Economy and West Short Term Parking will also be available. By 7 a.m. on May 25, the East Garage will reopen along with Short Term Parking within the East Garage.

With the new parking system, contactless payment methods such as tap to pay, Apple Pay and Google Pay will be available immediately in the East Garage and East Economy and are already available in the West Garage and West Economy. In future phases of the project, the new system will allow DEN to implement an Express Park program along with an enhanced reservation process to improve the parking experience at DEN.

Summary of DEN Parking Lot Openings and Closures

East Economy Lot reopens at 12:01 a.m. on May 22
East Garage temporarily closes at 12:01 a.m. on May 22
East Garage and Short Term Parking reopens at 7 a.m. on May 25


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