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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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Fire on the Airfield: But it’s Only a Drill


Denver International Airport Conducts Full-Scale Training Exercise

DENVER – Sept. 4, 2020 – Earlier this week, a plane was literally on fire on the Denver International Airport (DEN) airfield. Fear not, it was a drill. DEN conducted an emergency response exercise simulating an aircraft emergency to evaluate and enhance the airport’s emergency plans, capabilities and coordination with other agencies.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires the airport to conduct a full-scale exercise every three years. This year’s event simulated a large-scale response to an aircraft crash shortly after takeoff from DEN. The exercise included the use of a 75-foot aircraft live-fire training simulator, a small number of actors playing passengers and 75 dummies used to practice medical response.

See photos and video from the exercise here.

The exercise is designed to test airport responders on incident management, firefighting operations, triage and hospital transport, reunification and communication. This year, the exercise also tested emergency response during COVID-19, including a virtual Emergency Operations Center. Over 200 people participated in the training, including multiple DEN departments, Denver Fire, Denver Health and mutual aid paramedics, Southwest Airlines, Denver medical examiners, federal agencies and partners from around the State. DEN worked with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Denver Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) to put in place significant protective measures to keep participants safe from COVID-19 during the exercise.

This exercise will be evaluated as a portion of DEN’s “Part 139” inspection which is conducted by the FAA and reviews airport operations as part of the annual airport certification process. Airport Operating Certificates are issued by the FAA and serve to ensure safety in air transportation by requiring airports to meet certain operational and safety standards and provide things such as firefighting and rescue equipment.

In addition to this mandated training exercise, DEN also conducts several smaller scale and “tabletop” exercises throughout the course of each year to test the airport’s various preparedness, response and recovery plans. Training exercises provide DEN and partner agencies the opportunity to practice and develop confidence in the airport’s emergency response.

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