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Revamped Lindbergh Field now a destination in itself

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - If you've traveled in or out of Lindbergh Field lately, you may have noticed a lot of construction. The airport is undergoing a massive makeover.

The sight of a state-of-the-art design, 10 new gates and 25 new concessions is only a glimpse into a $1 billion vision at Lindberg Field.

One of the many new improvements is a two-level roadway to separate departing and arriving passengers.

Inside the Terminal 2 expansion, seats now have built-in cup holders, electric outlets and USB ports.

"People are sitting on the floor plugging in their phones and their computers. Now they can actually sit in a space and do their work peacefully," San Diego County Airport Authority President/CEO Thella Bowens said.

Airport officials hope that's a relief for their business travelers. Though it doesn't compare to the relief that traveling pets will feel, thanks to an indoor pet potty. The grass isn't the only reason airport officials are calling the renovations "The Green Build."

"Because of the commitment the project made to being environmentally responsible in every possible way," airport authority board chair Robert Gleason said.

The commitment has also been on local food. Whether it's Phil's Barbecue or Thai noodles from Saffron, local business owners are excited for the chance their food can travel with people from across the world.

This was supposed to be a billion dollar project and it ended up costing 907 million dollars in total.

It's been paid for by passenger fees, bonds, and federal grants.

The new terminal two will be officially open for business next Tuesday. The airport will open their doors this weekend to the public for a free tour that offers samples for sale from the new concessions.

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