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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 Rehabilitate, Improve Runway 8/26 This Summer

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DENVER – July 10, 2017 – Denver International Airport (DEN) will begin work this week on a $29.5 million project to rehabilitate and improve one of its six heavily used runways.

Runway 8/26, located on the northeast side of the airfield, will be closed from July 10 to approximately Oct. 31 while crews replace 72,000 square yards of deteriorating pavement, improve lighting and runway sensors, upgrade taxiway safety areas and make improvements that allow greater ease of access for emergency response vehicles. The airport is working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to minimize potential impacts on airlines and passengers during this work.

The project is part of DEN’s ongoing airfield pavement management program. The resurfacing work will be performed by Colorado-based Interstate Highway Construction. The work includes the replacement of approximately 1,041 panels of concrete.

“Denver International Airport has one of the busiest airfields in the world, and we are committed to the maintenance and safety of this infrastructure,” said Ken Greene, DEN’s chief operating officer. “This work is a capital investment that helps ensure that the airport remains one of the most efficient in the country.”

At 12,000 feet long and 150 feet wide, runway 8/26 is one of DEN’s two east-west runways. DEN has a total of six, non-intersecting runways, and the other five runways will operate as normal during construction. In 2016, there were about 565,000 flight operations at DEN, carrying more than 58.3 million passengers – making it the sixth-busiest airfield in the world, in terms of total aircraft movements.

The Airport Infrastructure Management division maintains all six of DEN’s runways, which are composed of approximately 1.4 million square yards of airfield concrete. DEN’s airfield pavement program inspects, documents, maps and photographs each individual concrete slab on the airfield every three years for signs of deterioration and compares the actual rate of deterioration of the concrete versus the forecasted life of the slab. In addition, airfield conditions are inspected daily by airport operations staff and annually by the FAA.

The FAA has consistently rated DEN’s runways in good condition and the airport’s pavement management program has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including nine American Concrete Pavement Association Awards for Excellence in Concrete Pavement for airfield work. DEN also conducts ongoing maintenance activities designed to extend the life of all paved surfaces. DEN’s airfield costs are paid through a combination of FAA grant funds and airline fees.

Picture of an aircraft departs runway 8/26 at Denver International Airport.
An aircraft departs runway 8/26 at Denver International Airport.

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