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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 Replace 5,400 Lights With Energy-Efficient LED Fixtures

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Project To Save $6.5 Million Over 20 Years

DENVER — May 14, 2014 — Denver International Airport (DIA) is retrofitting more than 5,400 lights located in the airport’s east and west parking garages with energy-efficient LED fixtures, resulting in substantial energy and cost savings.

The majority of the lights – high-pressure sodium bulbs that are rated for 188 watts per fixture – are being replaced with 51-watt LEDs. Combined with other lighting systems in the overall retrofit package, DIA expects a net energy savings of about 45 percent, resulting in energy cost savings of about $327,000 per year. Over the system’s estimated lifespan of 20 years, the airport expects to save more than $6.5 million in electricity costs. The new fixtures will also substantially reduce maintenance requirements due to the longer life of LED lights.

“By replacing the existing lights with energy-efficient LED lights, we will reduce Denver International Airport’s energy consumption and save a substantial amount of money over time,” said Kim Day, Denver’s Manager of Aviation. “This project will also make the parking garages brighter and more evenly lit, increasing visibility and enhancing safety.”

The project is part of a package of upgrades aimed at improving the experience for DIA’s parking customers. Earlier this year, the airport added reserved parking spaces in the east and west parking garages, and electric vehicle charging stations were installed in late 2013.

Construction on the lighting project will begin this month and should take about one year to complete at a cost of $2.7 million. The project also qualifies for Xcel Energy’s Lighting Efficiency rebate program. The airport anticipates that it will qualify for a rebate of about $630,000, which will reduce the project cost to less than $2.1 million. The LED light fixtures will be assembled locally by Denver-based Cooper Lighting.

The project is part of a wider effort to upgrade lights throughout DIA, including lights on taxiways and pavement fixtures on the airfield. Of the approximately 24,000 airfield lights, about 4,000 have been upgraded to LED fixtures over the last four years by DIA’s Airport Infrastructure Management group. This summer, all the lights used on runway 8/26 will be upgraded to LEDs. Additional lights will be upgraded as funding becomes available.

About DIA’s Environmental Programs

Denver International Airport is one of the most environmentally responsible airports in the world. DIA was built with sustainability in mind 19 years ago. The airport uses natural day-lighting, dedicated deicing pads, a comprehensive deicing fluid collection and recycling system, 400-Hz power and pre-conditioned air supplied to aircraft parked at gates to reduce emissions, and a hydrant system for fuel deliveries to reduce the potential for spills and excessive fuel truck traffic. Other energy conservation measures included high-efficiency motors for fans and other equipment, three solar arrays, low-E insulating glass in most windows, LED lighting and a flexible modular HVAC system design. The airport also supports comprehensive composting and recycling programs, and uses compressed natural gas vehicles. http://business.flydenver.com/community/enviro/


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