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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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New Traffic Alignment Coming to Inbound Peña Boulevard near Denver International Airport

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DENVER – March 5, 2021 – Denver International Airport (DEN) continues work to improve the safety and capacity of Peña Boulevard, including enhancements between Jackson Gap Street and the terminal.

Starting at approximately 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 6, a new traffic pattern will be implemented on inbound Peña Boulevard. Once the traffic realignment is complete on Sunday. March 7 at 4 a.m., there will be three lanes between the Jackson Gap on-ramp and the East-West terminal split. Drivers should use the left lane for Terminal West access and the two right lanes to access Terminal East. Click to see a graphic illustration of the new traffic alignment.

Anticipated Lane Closures

During realignment work between 3 p.m. on March 6 and 4 a.m. on March 7, only one through lane will be open on inbound Peña Boulevard up to the split to the east and west terminals while crews implement the new traffic pattern.

A single lane closure in the area will also be in place between 9 p.m. on March 7 and 4 a.m. March 8.

Work has been planned when traffic volumes are low, however delays are possible during work. All work is weather dependent.

Throughout the project, drivers headed to the terminal on inbound Peña Boulevard should stay in the dedicated east-side or west-side lanes before entering the construction zone at Jackson Gap:

  • Drivers should use the left lane if they are picking up or dropping off passengers at Terminal West or parking in West Economy Parking
  • Drivers should use the right lane if they are picking up or dropping off passengers at Terminal East

All airlines and security checkpoints are accessible from either side of the terminal.

Drivers picking up passengers at the airport are encouraged to wait in DEN’s cell phone waiting lot at Final Approach until their friends and family have arrived at the Level 4 passenger pick-up area. Final Approach can be easily accessed by exiting inbound Peña Boulevard at 75th Avenue.

Project Information

DEN is making many improvements to improve the safety of Peña Boulevard, including enhancements between Jackson Gap St. and the terminal. As part of the project, the Return-to-Terminal route, which allows drivers on outbound Peña Boulevard to turn back to the terminal, will be relocated to Jackson Gap Street, about one mile from the current route. The new free-flow loop at Jackson Gap Street will improve traffic flow and simplify the route for traffic returning to the terminal. This phase of the project will be complete by early 2021.

Also, two additional lanes of traffic on inbound Peña between Jackson Gap Street and the terminal will be constructed to help reduce congestion and improve safety, capacity and traffic flow. Aging and failing infrastructure, including pavement that has been in place for over 25 years, will also be replaced.


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