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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 To Host Major Medical Evacuation Exercise

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Training to Include Military Helicopters, 300 Participants

DENVER, CO — May 31, 2013 — Denver International Airport (DIA) will host a major exercise of the National Disaster Medical System on June 5.

The exercise, which is being coordinated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System and various community partners, will take place beginning at 8 a.m. at the Signature Flight Support Hangar at DIA, located at 7850 Harry B. Combs Parkway.

The exercise will be a major test of the National Disaster Medical System and will simulate the receiving, triage and transport of more than 150 patients to 11 metro-area hospitals via eight ground ambulances and 10 helicopters over the course of about six hours.

The National Disaster Medical System is managed by the Department of Homeland Security and may be activated in times of federally declared national or international emergencies to coordinate medical care of evacuees from the emergency area to an assigned area.

The exercise will simulate the evacuation of victims of a tornado in southern Wyoming and will include the use of military Lakota, Chinook and Blackhawk helicopters, in addition to an AirLife helicopter.

In total, more than 300 individuals from 20 community agencies will participate in the exercise. The exercise also will be the first time that children and adolescents will volunteer to be evacuated as part of the readiness exercise. Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center will be the first children’s hospital in the state of Colorado to participate in this large-scale exercise.

For additional information, or to request media access to the site during the exercise, contact Daniel Warvi, Public Affairs Officer, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, by noon on June 4. He can be reached at 303-393-5205 or [email protected].

For questions about DIA’s involvement in the exercise, please contact Heath Montgomery, Media Relations Director for DIA, at 303-342-2295 or [email protected].

The airport will be coordinating the exercise with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the FAA to ensure that the helicopter operations do not interfere with normal passenger airline traffic.

DIA will provide photos and B-roll video footage to the media following the exercise.


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