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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’s Blue Skies Turn Green with New Departure and Arrival Procedures


DENVER, CO — June 20, 2013 — Denver International Airport (DEN) in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Rocky Mountain and Centennial Airports, major airline partners and Jeppesen designed and implemented new arrival and departure procedures. The collaboration brings the benefits of Performance Based Navigation – increased runway throughput; reductions in aircraft fuel burn, greenhouse gas emissions and minimized noise footprints to the Denver metro area. This is another example of how Denver International Airport is committed to becoming the industry leader in environmental stewardship.

Denver International Airport is the first commercial airport to design a truly comprehensive plan of Area Navigation (RNAV) from the beginning that permits each procedure to reach its full potential. Denver’s RNAV and Required Navigation Performance (RNP) procedures are comprehensive. The flight procedures include all arrivals and departures, not only for Denver International Airport, but also for two general aviation reliever airports (Centennial and Rocky Mountain), and have incorporated vertical navigation (VNAV). These procedures are part of NextGen, which is an umbrella term for the ongoing, wide-ranging transformation of the National Airspace System. At the most basic level, NextGen represents an evolution from a ground-based system of air traffic control to a satellite-based system of air traffic management.

“These procedures have transformed Denver’s skies, and we are now open to continued growth and increased performance,” Kim Day, Manager of Aviation said. “As a result of RNAV and RNP, Denver International Airport is now one of the least delayed, most efficient airports in the national Airspace System, and these new flight procedures enable us to meet increased demand in the future while minimizing aviation’s environmental impacts.”

What does this mean for the public?

  • Smoother approaches. The Optimized Profile Descent technique allows descending aircraft to reduce power and maintain a constant glide path during descent, instead of a “stair step approach.”
  • The new approaches and departures eliminate the “stair stepping” descent and departure pattern, and when combined with controlled pathways, there is a significant reduction in residential noise.
  • Satellite-based air traffic management will improve situational awareness in all weather conditions and allows aircraft to safely fly closer together on more direct routes, reducing delays.

United Airlines, which has a hub in Denver, estimates uninterrupted idle descent from cruise to final approach will result in savings of 200-800 lbs. of fuel per flight, depending on the size of the aircraft.

Reductions in fuel burn save money for the airlines, and this helps keep costs competitive for airlines to operate at DEN. As there are more flights in the future, DEN will continue to be one of the least delayed, most efficient airports.

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