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Airport Expansion Plans Soon Ready For Public Comment

The San Diego Airport Authority will start a public outreach campaign this month to inform the public on future plans for expanding the airport at Lindbergh Field. KPBS reporter Alison St John has mor

Airport Expansion Plans Soon Ready For Public Comment

The San Diego Airport Authority will start a public outreach campaign this month to inform the public on future plans for expanding the airport at Lindbergh Field. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

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The Airport Authority is making plans, after an initiative campaign failed last year to persuade voters the airport should move from Lindbergh to Miramar. The chairman of the board, Alan Bersin, says the first phase of the Master Plan to expand Lindbergh Field will soon be ready for public comment.

<b> Bersin </b> : We'd like in our outreach and our communication efforts for this to be circulated with a note that says ‘this is our best thinking at this point, we'd be interested in your comment.’

An environmental impact report is close to finalized on plans to build 10 new gates at Terminal 2. However, there is still debate over a multi-million dollar parking structure on Harbor Drive to handle traffic growth over the next 15 years. Critics say it is more important to start developing new terminals and a transit center on the north side of the airport, next to Interstate 5.

Alison St John, KPBS News.