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The Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport Improvement Program is the result of a detailed study by the airport to enhance the safety areas around Runway 16-34 and to lengthen primary Runway 5-23 to a total of 8,700 ft.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducted an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and issued a Record of Decision (ROD) allowing for the airport to implement the Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which consists of safety and efficiency projects.  The safety projects are related to airfield facilities that do not meet current FAA airport design guidelines and require upgrading.  The efficiency projects have been identified through the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) planning efforts.  Additionally, the FAA has confirmed the need for these facility improvements to enhance the efficiency of passenger movements.

Safety projects require changes to the Runway 16-34 Runway Safety Areas (RSA) as the RSA’s on both ends of the runway do not meet current FAA design standards.  

The lengthening of Runway 5-23 falls into the category of an efficiency project.  The length of Runway 5-23 is inadequate to accommodate coast to coast and international flights.  Lengthening the runway will further enhance the efficiency of the New England Regional Airport System since studies have concluded that a runway length of 8,700 feet will meet long term business needs.  Program work began in July of 2013 and will continue through December of 2017. 

Financing for the total program includes: Federal Grants, Passenger Facility Charges (PFC’s) and other RIAC funding sources, combined for a total projected cost of nearly $250 million.  The two largest components of this are the Runway 5-23 extension and the Runway 16-34 extension.  The Runway 5-23 extension, which includes several enabling projects, is estimated at approximately $82 million.  The Runway 16-34 safety area improvement project is projected to be $40 million.    

Please contact us at 401-691-2304 or to report any issues with noise, air service or construction during our expansion project.

Program Components

Projects falling under the expansion program include:

Improvements to the Runway 16 End Runway Safety Area (RSA)

Project: RIAC will install an Engineered Materials Arrestor System (EMAS) for the Runway 16 RSA.

  • The system is designed to quickly slow down and then stop an aircraft should the aircraft overrun the end of a runway
  • The EMAS bed is comprised of crushable concrete blocks designed to decelerate an aircraft overrun by crushing under the weight of the aircraft and then slowing it to a stop. 
  • The EMAS bed at the Runway 16 end measures 255 feet x 170 feet and consists of 2,646 blocks, built to order specifically for the Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport Expansion Program.
  • The installation of the actual EMAS bed blocks themselves took approximately one week to complete.  Project cost for each block totals $1,444.  The final inspection for the project was undertaken on August 14, 2014.
  • Of note, approximately 85% of the workers on this job site reside in Rhode Island.
  • This project has been completed.

Project Manager: AECOM, Providence, RI
Project Designer: McFarland Johnson, Concord, NH and AECOM, Providence, RI
General Contractor:  J.H. Lynch & Sons, Cumberland, RI

Relocation of Main Avenue

Project: The extension of Runway 5-23 requires the relocation of a portion of Main Avenue in the area between Warwick Industrial Drive and just west of Greeley Ave. 

  • The project includes design of the roadway elements such as paving, drainage, relocation of utilities, traffic signals, property acquisition and removing the existing road. 
  • Design began in late 2012 with a study to determine the alignment and properties that would ultimately be required to accommodate the project.  The alignment was approved by RIDOT in early September 2013.
  • Consists of the acquisition of 14 properties, demolition and design of roadway elements (sidewalks, roadway paving, drainage, utility relocations and traffic signals). 
  • The final design of the project began in early October 2013 and is expected to be out for construction bids in spring 2015. 
  • Roadway construction is expected to begin in late June of 2015 and take approximately one year to complete.

Program Manager:    AECOM, Providence, RI
Project Designer:   Gordon R. Archibald, Inc., Pawtucket, RI
General Contractor:   To Be Determined at Bid Phase
Property Acquisition:   W.D. Shock, Warwick, RI

Extension of Runway 5

Project: A 1,534-foot extension to T. F. Green’s primary runway - Runway 5, to bring total runway length to 8,700 feet.

  • The project will allow the airport to accommodate longer haul flights, enhance the efficiency of the New England Regional Airport System and reduce passenger leakage to other regional airports. 
  • The design has been awarded to the C & S Companies of Syracuse, NY.  
  • Design began in February 2014 and is approximately 15% complete.
  • Project bids will be received in April 2016 and construction will start in early summer of 2016. Project completion is anticipated for December 7, 2017 with the opening of the extended Runway.

Program Manager:     AECOM, Providence, RI
Project Designer:   C&S Companies, Syracuse, NY
General Contractor:    To Be Determined at Bid Phase


Obstruction Removal Program

Project: To protect the airspace near and around T. F. Green as required by the FAA.  RIAC prepared an Aeronautical Obstruction Study in support of the Environment Impact Statement. The project will clear the runway approach areas and other surfaces to facilitate safe aircraft landing and takeoff operations.

  • This program consists of clearing obstructions to the Runway 5, 23, 16 and 34 approaches. 
  • Obstructions may include terrain, trees, utility poles, buildings, etc. If obstructions cannot be removed, obstruction lighting, if approved by FAA, is a viable option.
  • The first phase of the project deals with on-airport (property owned by RIAC) obstructions and consists of removing approximately 500 trees and installing 12 pole mounted obstruction lights and electrical conduit and wiring.

Program Manager:    AECOM, Providence, RI
Project Designer:     Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., Scarborough, ME
General Contractor:     To Be Determined at Bid Phase