TF Green Expansion Ready to Take Off

After years and years of fighting between the City of Warwick and supporters of expanding the runway at TF Green Airport, the project is now ready to take off.

Last night Warwick City Council, unanimously approved an agreement with the airport and to drop the lawsuit it had filed against the FAA. The next step was to have the agreement approved by the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC). RIAC met this morning and also unanimously approved the agreement.

Kevin A Dillon, the President and CEO of the RIAC, understands where the City of Warwick is coming from,  “the city is in a difficult position, they know they need a successful airport here but they are also very interested in protecting their health and welfare of the negative impacts we cause on the community.”

Under the new agreement, many of the issues that have been raised in the past have solutions. The ball parks directly in the line of the expansion will be relocated. Acquisitions of homes will be done in a timely and sufficient manner. Environmental concerns will be monitored closely.

The cost of the 1500 foot expansion to the main runway is $165 million dollars. Today was the deadline to file for federal funding from the FAA. Dillon says, “today we will be filing our application for $64 million dollars worth of the cost of the total project, and that's going to be our first slug of money for us to commence the work.”