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Massport approves $20 million for parking

The overcrowded parking lots at Logan International Airport are getting a little breathing room.

The board of the Massachusetts Port Authority on Thursday approved a partial budget of $20 million to add 2,050 parking spots at the airport. The total cost for the additions to the Central and Terminal B garages is estimated to hit $60 million and will be funded by the $2-a-day parking price increase going into effect in July, followed by a $3 boost in 2016.

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Construction is set to begin later this year and be completed by 2016.

Logan’s lots, with 16,200 marked spaces, reach capacity more than 50 times a year. In the past 12 months, more than 70,000 cars were directed off site or valet-parked, with attendants squeezing cars between rows and underneath roadways.

The airport’s parking expenses increased $2.5 million last year and, with passenger numbers on the rise, are expected to be even higher this year.

Katie Johnston can be reached at kjohnston@globe.com
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