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Peña Boulevard Construction Impacts: Week of Oct. 26

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Upcoming Overnight Closures of Inbound Peña Boulevard; 80th Ave. Exit Closure

DENVER – Oct. 26, 2020 – Overnight work continues this week on inbound Peña Boulevard near the airport.

Full Closure Inbound Peña Boulevard – Oct. 27 and Oct. 28

Crews will close inbound Peña Boulevard at Jackson Gap overnight on Tuesday, Oct. 27, and Wednesday, Oct. 28, for necessary work on the Peña Improvement Project, including the installation and removal of large overhead signage.

Detours will be in place during the closure. All airport traffic will be routed to East Terminal on Tuesday and Wednesday nights between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. Passengers being dropped off or picked up at the airport during this time should follow signs for Terminal East. RTD buses will pick up and drop off on Level 6 East during the closure.

During the closure, passengers will not be able to access economy parking. Instead, all passengers parking at the airport should follow signage for East Garage Parking. All vehicles who enter the East Garage during the closure will be charged the economy parking rates which are $5 per hour, $17 for days 1-3, and $15 for days 4+.

Details
What: Full closure of inbound Peña Boulevard at Jackson Gap Street
When: 9 p.m. – 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27 and Wednesday, Oct. 28
Detour Route: Traffic will be detoured onto Jackson Gap, along 75th Avenue and 80th Avenue and then back onto Peña Boulevard (click here to see the detour route)

All airport traffic will be routed to East Terminal on Tuesday and Wednesday nights between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. Motorists should follow all posted signs and allow for an additional 15 minutes of travel time.

Reminder: Relocated Return to Terminal Route

All traffic returning to inbound Peña Boulevard from outbound Peña Boulevard must use the Jackson Gap St. exit.

Those picking up passengers at the airport are STRONGLY 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 and the cell phone waiting lot can be easily accessed by exiting inbound Peña Boulevard at 75th Avenue and following signs to the lot.

Traffic Reminders

Additionally, due to construction-related lane closures, drivers headed to the terminal on inbound Peña Blvd. 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 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 Terminal West and Terminal East

Peña Improvement 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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