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PR Firm Hired For Lindbergh Field Project

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority has hired a public relations firm to help educate city residents about a planned improvement project at Lindbergh Field.

The contract with New York-based Porter Novelli runs for three years and costs $4.5M.

The $700M project calls for expanding Terminal 2 by 10 gates, bringing the total to 51; building an overnight parking area for jets that must be grounded because of flight restrictions; constructing a multi-level garage next to Terminal 2; and other road improvements.

The airport has completed an environmental impact report on the project set to be certified May 1.

The outreach campaign will include public meetings to address the project’s elements; distributing information about the project via various media; telling the public about the joint planning; and helping to facilitate collaboration among several other agencies.

If the environment report is certified, the project would begin next summer and be finished in 2012.