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T.F. Green gets $9 million in federal funds toward airport improvements

By: - May 25, 2023 12:16 pm

Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport is receiving more than $9 million in federal funding for taxiway upgrades and planning. (Photo by Janine L. Weisman/Rhode Island Current)

Rhode Island’s T.F. Green International Airport is getting more than $9 million in federal funding for taxiway upgrades and planning.

Funding is through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was signed into law by President Joe Biden in November 2021, according to an announcement Wednesday from Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse.

The federal law will direct an estimated $45 million to Rhode Island airports over five years.

“Rhode Island T.F. Green Airport has several taxiways, but this one is vital to the airport’s layout and is overdue for an upgrade,” Reed said in a statement. “These federal funds will help improve the taxiway and make it safer, more efficient, and resilient for years to come.”

The bulk of the funds — $8,514,750 — will go toward the reconfiguration of Taxiway C to meet FAA standards. The taxiway hasn’t been rehabilitated or reconstructed since it was first built more than 30 years ago.

Reed said the taxiway will be realigned to meet Federal Aviation Administration runway standards and will have a 20-year design life.

Last month, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation’s board of directors voted to allocate $11,214,439 toward the realignment project.

The project will consist of 1,200 linear feet of realignment, 1,600 linear feet of rehabilitation, new markings, and drainage. Work is expected to begin next spring and finish in the fall.

T.F. Green was also awarded $500,500 to support  an environmental assessment for a proposed cargo development at the airport.

“On behalf of all at the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, we are extremely grateful for the tireless work of Senator Reed and our Congressional Delegation to secure federal infrastructure funding to help ensure that Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport can support our state’s economy for decades to come,” said Iftikhar Ahmad, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation.

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Christopher Shea
Christopher Shea

Christopher Shea covers politics, the criminal justice system and transportation for the Rhode Island Current.

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