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Terminal 2 parking lot at Lindbergh Field to be closed, alternate parking made available

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The parking lot in front of Terminal 2 at Lindbergh Field will be closed Monday, for up to two years, as part of a project to expand the building, airport officials said Friday.

The airport has paved over some ground just beyond the terminal, to provide about the same number of spaces, Bryan Ennerson, the vice president of development for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, said at a news conference.

"Whenever you have construction, you have inconvenience, and we're trying to minimize that," Ennerson said.

The new parking lot should not be hard to find, but travelers should get to the airport about 10-15 minutes earlier than normal, Ennerson said. He estimated the walk from the lot to the terminal to be about five minutes. There will also be a shuttle bus available.

"We will have enough parking," Ennerson said. "That's a commitment we've made."

Two long-term parking lots are available adjacent to the airport at Harbor Drive, and another is across the runway on Pacific Highway.

He said when the expanded terminal opens in about two years, it will be more than twice its current size, with 10 additional gates, more security lines and added concessions.

Dual-level roadways will separate arriving and departing passengers, with those who are leaving on top. However, the road for departing passengers will be set off to the side, so there will be no tunnel effect like at other airports, he said.

The new gates, which bring the total number to 51, will be used by United and Delta airlines.

Steel framework is going up for the expansion, with a topping-out ceremony scheduled for August, according to Ennarson.

He said the Terminal 2 parking lot should be closed for 18-24 months, with re-opening in late 2012 or early 2013. The project as a whole is moving ahead on-time with completion scheduled for 2013, he said.

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