Denver airport: Highway, train closures complicate weekend travel

Travelers trying to get to and from Denver International Airport this weekend will have two potential headaches to navigate — maintenance that will keep A-Line trains from reaching DIA and a one-way closure on Interstate 70 for construction.

Transit riders will face difficulty getting to and from the airport. The Regional Transportation District says that “due to routine maintenance” on Saturday and Sunday, its University of Colorado A Line commuter rail service will terminate at the Peoria Station.

Shuttle buses will operate in both directions between Peoria and the airport station, stopping at Gate 7 on the transit center’s bus platform. Riders should expect delays, RTD says.

The I-70 closure, affecting only traffic headed toward downtown, is set from 10 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday for all westbound lanes between Interstate 270 and Colorado Boulevard. A weekend paving blitz is planned for that side of the freeway as part of the Central 70 project, which delayed the closure from last weekend because of an oil shortage affecting its asphalt supply.

The suggested detour follows I-270 to Interstate 76 and I-25, reconnecting to I-70 at the Mousetrap.

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