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SAN JOSE, CA-The international airport in San Jose, Calif., is beginning to come to terms with its location at the much-heralded heart of Silicon Valley.

Expansion has begun, and workers are pouring a two-mile swath of concrete across the airfield in order to replace the airport’s 32-year-old jetliner airway. Work on the nearly 12,000 foot-wide, 150-foot long strip is planned for completion by winter.

And that’s just the beginning. On tap are construction of a new terminal, renovation of another, and road improvements. Within a decade, airport officials say, they want to be able to handle nearly 18 million passengers yearly. It now serves about an annual 12.5 million passengers.

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