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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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Operational Updates at Denver International Airport

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DENVER – April 15, 2020 – Below are the latest operational updates from Denver International Airport.

TSA Checkpoint Data

Passenger traffic continues to decline at DEN as non-essential travel is not recommended. Initial reports show that last week’s traffic (April 5– April 11) through TSA checkpoints was down about 95% from the same week last year, which is similar to the national trend. This metric does not take into account connecting traffic.

Train to the Gates Door Maintenance Project –

As passenger traffic volumes are low, the airport is continuing with necessary maintenance work. Work on the train doors of the train system at DEN will begin this week. During the project, train station doors on each concourse and the terminal will be upgraded. Work will begin on the platform of the terminal. Train service will not be impacted during the project. During work in the terminal, there will be no impact to passengers, however construction noises are possible throughout the day while crews work.

The maintenance project will install 80 new, modern platform door sets and replace door controls and mechanical platform door components on each concourse and at the terminal. These upgrades are necessary to keep platform doors in good working condition and prevent train delays due to door malfunctions. Over the course of 18 months, all 80 train doors across the system will be replaced. Platform door maintenance will begin in the terminal and then will move to the concourses.

Great Hall Project

Taking advantage of the reduced passengers in the terminal, DEN’s contractor will be increasing the amount of work that will be done on the Great Hall Project during the day. This will result in an increase of noise in the terminal, and some intermittent use of the west level 5 curb.

Other Operational Impacts (Since April 7 Update)

  • With recent advisory guidance from Governor Polis that everyone should wear a cloth face covering when in public, DEN has requested personnel and business partners to do their part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a face mask, scarf or other face covering while at the airport
  • Valet services in both east and west garages have closed
  • Airlines are parking unused aircraft at remote de-icing pads, lesser-used taxi ways and on closed runway 8/26. The number of parked aircraft changes frequently based on airline need
  • Bag Check at 75th Ave. near the Pikes Peak Shuttle Lot has closed
  • Many of DEN’s concessionaires are making their own business decisions to close or reduce hours. An updated list is available here

Updated information for passengers regarding COVID-19 is available at: www.flydenver.com/traveler_services/covid-19


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