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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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Mayor Hancock Joins DIA and Westin for Topping Out of New Hotel

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DENVER — May 22, 2014 — Surrounded by hundreds of workers wearing hard hats and brightly colored safety vests, Mayor Michael B. Hancock today joined Denver City Councilman Chris Herndon, Denver International Airport (DIA) Chief Executive Officer Kim Day, Westin Hotel and Resorts officials and other project personnel to sign and raise the final, ceremonial beam on the top floor of the new Westin hotel at DIA. The placement of the final beam signifies the completion of the frame of the building.

“The new Hotel and Transit Center will deliver an extraordinary amenity for our citizens and passengers alike,” said Mayor Hancock. “Today, it’s providing work for thousands of men and women in Colorado and supporting more than 320 construction firms and businesses. This is an important milestone for this project, these workers and for DIA. I can’t wait to be here in 2015 when we complete this hotel – and with it – the original vision for the airport.”

Prior to the event, the ceremonial beam was signed by more than 500 workers on the hotel and transit center program, DIA and Westin employees and other officials and dignitaries in attendance. At the ceremony, the mayor gave the signal for crews to prepare the beam. Riggers attached the large 38 foot, 1,800 pound beam to the main hook block of a crane and attendees watched as the beam was hoisted to the top floor of the new building. Simultaneously, Mayor Hancock made his way to the top of the structure, carrying with him the bolt which was used to secure the beam in place. The mayor joined a group of iron workers on the top floor to place the final bolt.

“DIA is already the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado and the new hotel and transit center will generate an additional $2 million in tax revenue annually to the region,” said Denver’s Manager of Aviation Kim Day. “In addition, it will generate $3- $4 million of revenue to the airport each year, and make DIA one of the elite group of US airports who have easy access to train service and a premier hotel, keeping us competitive in the growing global aviation marketplace. We are building a quality project that complements and reflects the quality of the original terminal, and one that perpetuates the pride our community has for this amazing airport.”

The new hotel will be owned by DIA and operated by Westin Hotels and Resorts. With 519 rooms located less than 200 feet from the terminal, the new Westin DIA Hotel will provide passengers a place to rest and relax without leaving the airport. In addition, the more than 26,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space along with the 82,000 square-foot, open-air plaza will bring more opportunities for conferences, trade shows arts and entertainment to DIA.

“From the ten local Colorado artists creating unique pieces of art for our hotel rooms and corridors, to the amazing views of the Rockies and the great plains from every angle of this building, the sensory-rich environment we are creating at the Westin DIA hotel will offer guests a respite from the rigors of travel and will set a welcoming tone from the minute they arrive,” said Tom Curley, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Area Managing Director. “When this hotel opens, guests will be treated to Westin’s signature blend of sophistication and rejuvenation, designed to send them home feeling even better than when they arrived.”

The Hotel and Transit Center Program will complete the original vision for the airport. The program is made up of three independent, yet physically integrated projects including the design and construction of a 519-room Westin hotel and conference center, a new transit center serving all Regional Transportation District buses and the new East Rail Line, and a public plaza which will be Denver’s newest venue for arts, entertainment and relaxation. The Hotel and Transit Center Program will be completed in late 2015 with the new RTD East Rail Line beginning operations in 2016.


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