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S.D. Residents Set to Protest Airport Authority’s Parking Garage Plan

Residents of neighborhoods around Lindbergh Field will rally Tuesday to protest plans for a new multi-story parking garage for airport passengers. They worry the Airport Authority's Master Plan will lead to gridlock on Harbor Drive. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

This is where the rubber meets the road literally on plans to expand Lindbergh Field. The Airport Authority's Master plan includes 10 new terminal gates and a multi-story parking garage on Harbor Drive, with separate levels for arriving and departing passengers.

Matt Kalla is president of the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce for Point Loma. He wants more time to research the effects of the parking structure.

Kalla: Traffic would be the biggest concern. To be honest with you, I think it caught a lot of people off guard.

But Shari Shipley of the Airport Authority says the public comment period on the Master plan has been extended twice already.

Shipley: To doubly make sure we reached all the residents we also sent out a letter to 66 thousand people inviting them to come to our public meetings.

Shipley says not building the parking structure won't reduce traffic. The Airport Authority votes on the Master Plan on Thursday.

Alison St John KPBS News.

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