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Overnight Closures of Inbound Peña Boulevard near Denver International Airport

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Motorists should follow detours, plan ahead

DENVER – Aug. 26, 2020 – As part of Denver International Airport’s (DEN) efforts to improve safety and traffic flow on Peña Boulevard near the airport, crews will close a small section of inbound Peña Boulevard overnight on Sept. 1 and Sept. 2 for necessary work on the project, including the removal of large overhead signage. During the closure, detours will be in place and access to Terminal East and Terminal West will not be impacted but passengers should allow for additional time to get to the airport.

The overnight closures of Peña Boulevard have been carefully planned during times when traffic volumes are lowest along the roadway and will be completed in advance of the Labor Day holiday travel period. This is the first of two planned closures necessary for the safe removal of signage to keep the project on schedule.

Inbound Peña Boulevard will close at Jackson Gap Street at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1 and Wednesday, Sept. 2, and will reopen again by 4 a.m. the following mornings. Traffic will be detoured onto Jackson Gap, along 75th Avenue and Shady Grove Street and then back onto Peña Boulevard. Motorists should follow all posted signs and allow for an additional 15 minutes of travel time.

The Peña Boulevard Improvement Project enhances safety and replaces aging infrastructure on a portion of Peña Boulevard between Jackson Gap Street and Jeppesen Terminal. Construction on the project began this summer and is expected to be complete by summer 2021. Work on this capital improvement project is progressing quickly to take advantage of a time when less people are traveling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Work on this capital improvement project is progressing quickly to take advantage of a time when less people are traveling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Peña Boulevard Lane Closures Beginning Aug. 30

In advance of the full closure of inbound Peña Blvd at Jackson Gap , motorists should expect lane closures beginning at 7 p.m. during the week of Aug. 30. See the full list of closures below.

DateClosureLocationTime
Sunday, Aug. 30Double right lane closureJackson Gap St. to terminal approach7 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 31Double left lane closureJackson Gap St. to terminal approach7 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 1Lane closureJackson Gap St. to terminal approach7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 1Full closureJackson Gap St. to terminal approach
Detour - Jackson Gap to 75th Ave.
9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 2Lane closureJackson Gap St. to terminal approach7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 2Full closureJackson Gap St. to terminal approach
Detour: Jackson Gap to 75th Ave.
9 p.m. - 4 a.m.

Project Information

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.

Additionally, 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.

If you have questions regarding the Peña Boulevard Improvements: Jackson Gap to Terminal project, contact the project team at [email protected].


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