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Jan 16, 2014 6:29 PM by AP

Airport expansion plans progressing

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Details on the planned expansion of the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport have been unveiled.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, members of the New Orleans Aviation Board and other public officials were on hand for Thursday's release of artist renderings for the $826 million airport overhaul, which includes a new north terminal for the airport.

The 650,000-square-foot terminal complex features sweeping curved glass walls. It will include two concourses with 30 gates, a $17 million on-site hotel and a parking garage with 2,000 spaces. The plan also calls for a new $87 million ramp from Interstate 10 to improve traffic flow.

The city says all funding for the expansion is from federal and state sources. Landrieu's office says the project will create 13,000 construction jobs.

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