The TSA is recommending that travelers flying out of New York’s LaGuardia Airport arrive at least 2 to 2-and-a-half hours ahead of their scheduled departure due to traffic delays caused by airport construction.

“Construction requires the altering of traffic patterns in and around the airport as well as the closure of several parking lots and limited parking,” the agency said.

The TSA issued the advisory last week amid reports that LaGuardia traffic was so bad that some passengers had taken to walking down the Grand Central Parkway toward the terminal, luggage in hand.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs LaGuardia, also took to Twitter last week to encourage passengers to give themselves extra time now that a planned $8 billion remake of the outdated facility is underway.

The first major work being done by the contracting consortium LaGuardia Gateway Partners is the construction of a new parking garage.

In an interview with Travel Weekly in June, LaGuardia Gateway Partners CEO Stewart Steeves said he expected that passengers would be able to get to their gates with little disruption during the first three of four years of the project. However, Steeves did say that the one area in which LaGuardia customers should expect to encounter hassles during construction is in driving to the airport.

The airport rebuild is expected to be ongoing for more than five years.

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