Lindbergh terminal expansion gets under way
Work began Wednesday on a $1 billion expansion of San Diego International Airport's Terminal 2.

The project, dubbed "The Green Build'' for its environmentally sustainable building practices, will include 10 more gates, a dual-level arrival and departure roadway and new dining and shopping areas.

At the peak of construction, the project is expected go create about 1,000 jobs, according to Sharie Shipley, a spokeswoman for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

It will not include a controversial parking garage that had been previously proposed, according to Shipley.

Work is expected to be completed in late 2012, she said.

According to Shipley, the project will be financed through revenue generated at the airport and grants from the Federal Aviation Administration, not local taxpayer dollars.

Mayor Jerry Sanders joined officials from the Airport Authority at the construction site west of Terminal 2 this morning to mark the start of construction with a ceremonial groundbreaking.