WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Aiport Corporation was awarded a $30 million grant to go toward safety improvements at T.F. Green Airport.
Senator Jack Reed is a ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies and helped secure the funding.
The funds will go toward repairing and resurfacing an existing runway and relocating connecting runways, known as taxiways.
“It’s the largest of its kind in the nation,” Reed said. “It will involve a redoing and restructuring and overhaul of infrastructure that dates back to the 1970s. Long overdue and necessary to keep this airport competitive.”
“The last time that was work done on it in the late 90’s so it’s time to go back to it and reconstruct it to ensure safety and security here at this airport,” said Iftikhar Ahmad, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation.
According to Ahmad, the runways that will be repaired with this grant were originally built in 1935.
These improvements, coupled with the recent runway expansion project, are aimed at making T.F. Green a preferred airport and attract new airlines.
Reed said this project does not extend any runways. The plan only repairs existing infrastructure.
Construction is slated to begin in early 2021.