FAA briefs on airport expansion & study

FAA briefs on airport expansion & study

Briefing held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday

Updated: Monday, 12 Jul 2010, 7:05 PM EDT
Melissa Sardelli
Reported by: Marilyn Schairer

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – The Federal Aviation Administration held a briefing Monday afternoon on the expansion plans at T.F. Green Airport, and the recent environmental impact study released.
Officials discussed the recent results from the study and outlined how the expansion process will move forward.

Under the expansion plans:

  • The main runway would be extended 8,700 feet, allowing coast to coast and Tran-Atlantic service
  • A new passenger terminal would be created
  • The acquisition of nearly 100 homes and businesses in the area

“Anytime an airport wants to undertake major improvements that we’re contemplating for example the runway expansion or improvements to our safety overrun, you have to go through this FAA controlled EIS process,” said Kevin Dillon.
Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian released a statement saying:
“The FAA’s choice comes as no surprise, as they have indicated for some time that that was likely going to be their preferred alternative,” said Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian. “Nevertheless, the City continues to have concerns about the impact that this proposal will have on our community and the environment. My staff and I are currently reviewing the EIS and will be meeting in the near future to discuss a formal response.”
“I think we’re trying to be a good neighbor here. There is no doubt that this airport sits in a densely populated community is going to cause impacts and we know some of those impacts are negative, but we are working hard to try and mitigate them to the extent possible,” said Dillon.
The runway expansion is estimated to cost $170 million dollars, and is eligible for federal funding reimbursement of up to 75 percent.
A public hearing is scheduled for August 17th at CCRI on East Road in Warwick. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., hearing starts at 6:00 p.m.

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