Peña Boulevard highlighted in red
|Maintained by||City and County of Denver|
|Length||11.1 mi (17.9 km)|
|West end||I-70 / I-225 in Aurora|
|E-470 in Denver|
|East end||Denver International Airport|
Federico Peña Boulevard, named for former Denver Mayor Federico Peña, is a 11.1-mile-long (17.9 km) freeway located in Adams County and the City and County of Denver, Colorado. The freeway, which opened in 1993, provides the primary vehicular access into Denver International Airport which opened at the same time. Peña Boulevard begins as an extension of Airport Boulevard in Aurora at an interchange with Interstate 70 (I-70) and travels north, then east to end at the airport, with an intermediate interchange with the E-470 tollway.
Denver International Airport's access highway Peña Boulevard begins at an interchange with I-70 in Aurora as a northern continuation of Airport Boulevard. The first highway interchange is at East 40th Avenue, which also provides traffic access to and from to Aurora's Airport Boulevard running to the south. Travelers leaving the airport use this exit for access to eastbound I-70 through the adjacent Airport Boulevard/I-70 interchange. Travelers inbound to the airport from I-70 East do not have access to the first interchange. Continuing north, the highway leaves Aurora and passes into the Denver Gateway area, Aurora's Gateway Park development is adjacent. An interchange with Green Valley Ranch Boulevard provides access to the neighborhood of the same name. The East 56th Avenue interchange is the final exit along Peña Boulevard before it turns east near the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, and reaches the interchange with Tower Road, which serves several airport hotels.
A full cloverleaf interchange with the tolled E-470, which E-470 provides an alternate North-South route to I-25 for travelers wishing to bypass on the eastern side of Metropolitan Denver area. E-470 also intersects I-70 and has a ten-mile-per-hour (16 km/h) higher speed limit than Peña Boulevard. The interchange with E-470 is the easternmost exit before entering Denver International Airport. Once inside airport grounds, the freeway intersects the car rental return area, and connects to the parking garages and terminal access roads.
The segment of the freeway between I-70 and E-470 is listed on the National Highway System (NHS), a system of roads that are important to the nation's economy, defense and mobility. The portion between E-470 and the airport is listed as a MAP-21 NHS Principal Arterial.
Construction of the $18 million (equivalent to $38 million in 2015) freeway, which opened in 1995, was halted for six weeks during summer 1992 due to a family of burrowing owls living in the right-of-way near the interchange at 56th Avenue. Ten thousand people were employed during the construction of the airport and the connecting freeway. Originally the toll booths that served the parking lots were located 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from the entrance to the airport causing delays for persons just dropping off people at the airport. The toll booth was removed in 2000, and new booths were installed at the exits of the airport parking garages. Peña Boulevard was named for Federico Peña because he was very influential in bringing about the construction of Denver International Airport.
Construction of a westbound ramp from Tower Road is in the design process with an opening expected in 2018.
|Adams||Aurora||0.0||0.0||—||I-70 west (US 36) to I-225 south – Denver, Colorado Springs||Exit 284-on I-70|
|City and County of Denver||0.7||1.1||1||40th Avenue / Airport Boulevard to I-70 east – Aurora||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|1.4||2.3||2||Green Valley Ranch Boulevard|
|5.2||8.4||5||Tower Road||No westbound entrance|
|6.5||10.5||6||E-470 to I-70 – Colorado Springs, Boulder, Fort Collins||Signed as exits 6A (south) and 6B (north); exit 28 on E-470|
|7.6||12.2||—||75th Avenue – Rental Car Return, Cell Phone Lot||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|9.4||15.1||—||Jackson Gap Road – Rental Car Return, Air Cargo, General Aviation|
|11.1||17.9||—||Terminal West / Terminal East||Roadway divides for parking and terminals|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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