Expansion Program Traffic IncreaseThe Green 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 T. F. Green 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.    

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 Green 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

Hangar 1 Demolition

Project: In addition to the removal of the hangar itself, work included replacement of existing various impervious pavement with turf, installing new security fence, realigning an airport service road and replacing aircraft tie downs. 

  • Construction began on July 29, 2013 and was substantially completed in July 2014. 
  • Work included the laying of 1,600 tons of pavement, installation of a RIDEM approved drainage system and seeding of new grass. 
  • Replacement tie downs will be added for small aircraft use. 
  • Approximately 90% of the workforce on this project are Rhode Island residents. 
  • This project is 99% complete.

Project Manager:  AECOM, Providence, RI
Project Designer:  AECOM, Providence, RI
General Contractor:  Cardi Corporation, Warwick, RI
Demolition Subcontractor:  Vinagro, Johnston, RI

(Hangar 1 was constructed in 1938 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project and was determined by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to have historical significance. RIAC was able to successfully salvage the sandstone “Anchor” fascia detailing from the hangar and intends to repurpose this beautiful artifact at the site of the new Winslow Park recreational facility.)

Runway 34 End Safety Improvements

Project: Includes the construction of an Engineered Materials Arrestor System (EMAS) Runway Safety Area. Additionally, the project includes reconstruction of approximately 1,650 feet of Runway 16-34 and a portion of Taxiway “C”, miscellaneous NAVAID improvements and construction related to wetlands mitigation

  • The EMAS bed, comprised of 5,016 individual blocks, measures 462 feet long by 170 feet wide.
  • The project cost for each block is $1,466.
  • The application to alter freshwater wetlands was approved by the RI Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) as well as the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE).
  • Project bids were received on April 22, 2014. The contractor was issued a notice to proceed on June 16, 2104 and the first year’s construction is expected to be complete on or about November 26, 2014.
  • Construction will resume in spring 2015 and is expected to be completed by the end 2015. 
  • Approximately 90% of the construction work force is expected to be from Rhode Island.

Project Manager:  AECOM, Providence, RI
Project Designer: 
Jacobs Engineering, Providence, RI,
VHB of Watertown, MA, AECOM, Providence, RI
McFarland Johnson, Concord NH
General Contractor:  Cardi Corporation, Warwick, RI

(The wetland mitigation will include a major culvert replacement under Lake Shore Drive that will greatly improve conditions during major storm events as well as assist buckeyes in their annual upstream migration. Additional mitigation improvements include stream restoration components, reconnection of long segregated wetlands, flood storage improvements and USDA suggested wildlife controls for aviation safety.)

Relocation of Winslow Park

Project: The extension of Runway 5-23 will move a portion of Main Avenue, requiring the existing recreational facilities to be relocated.

  • Approximately 250 trees and shrubs will be planted throughout the park to create an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
  • The project includes: construction of four regulation softball fields, two practice softball fields, three soccer fields sized for various ages, a walking trail, concession stand, state-of-the-art Tot Lot and installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Airport Road.
  • The bid opening for the project was held on April 17, 2014 and the Notice To Proceed was issued to the contractor on June 16, 2014.
  • Work is expected to be accomplished by approximately 90% RI based workers.  Construction is expected to be substantially complete by the end of June 2015. 

Project Manager:   AECOM, Providence, RI
Project Designer: 
Louis Berger Group, Providence, RI
LDD Collaborative, Fall River, MA
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

Residential Sound Insulation Program (RSIP)

Project: Multi-phased program to install noise insulation for over 500 homes located within a specific noise contour as determined by FAA noise parameters.

  • RIAC and FAA, working together, have defined the overall program.  Phase 1 (Pilot Program of 11 homes) includes startup costs, testing, design and construction costs. RIAC has contacted 120 homeowners who are eligible for work in Phase 2. 
  • RIAC plans for the overall design, bid and construction services to occur through 2017 and meet the mitigation measures outlined in the Record of Decision (ROD), dated September 23, 2011.  
  • RIAC has contacted approximately 150 homeowners, who are eligible for the first two phases of the RSIP.  
  • Information on the program is available on-line, including the homeowner handbook and other paperwork and information. 
  • Project construction began in spring 2014. 
  • RIAC will continue to reach out to the airport community regarding the RSIP and anyone with questions on the program can contact Bob Politto for assistance at the Noise Mitigation Office at 401-732-8320. 

Program Manager:    Jones Payne Group, Boston, MA
Project Designer:    Jones Payne Group, Boston, MA
General Contractor (phases 1 and 2):     Northeast Noise Abatement Corp

Residential Voluntary Land Acquisition Program (VLAP)

Project: RIAC continues in its efforts to acquire residential properties within and adjacent to the DNL 70dB contour for the 2025 B4 Build scenario consistent with the on-going voluntary Land Acquisition Program and Runway 5-23 extension. 

  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved a noise exposure map (NEM) related to the preferred alternative (B4) as identified in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).
  • This provides buy out options for neighbors in the area identified through the FAA Part 150 evaluation and based on funding availability.  
  • By initiating the purchase of these homes, RIAC will be able to remove future incompatible land uses.
  • RIAC acquired two apartment buildings to the north of the airport and contacted nearly 65 homeowners advising them of their eligibility within the program. 
  • Please contact Nancy Brooks at the T. F. Green Acquisitions Offices at 401-732-8320 for any questions regarding the overall program. 

Program Manager:    WD Schock, Warwick, RI (Field Office)
Project Demo:   Jones Payne Group, Boston, MA
General Contractors:   To Be Determined at Bid Phase

Construction of a Deicer Management System

Project: A new Deicer Management System (DMS) is being constructed as part of our RIDEM RIPDES permit requirements. The system will manage runoff from the aircraft deicing process in the cargo and terminal areas. 

  • The new system includes passenger gate deicing, a deicing area for cargo tenants, as well transient aircraft.  Part of the design is an anaerobic system that treats the collected fluid prior to discharge to the Warwick Sewer Authority.  Collection includes gate deicing at the passenger terminal. Additionally, deicer runoff will be monitored and diverted to storage for treatment in two enclosed storage tanks equipped with odor control systems.
  • Portable snow-melters will be used to manage glycol-impacted snow. Glycol recovery vehicles and mobile collection units will continue to be used during “frost” (low or no- precipitation) deicing events and at secondary deicing areas.
  • As a sustainability measure, methane gas produced by the biological treatment process will be used to generate heat for the treatment process and heat for the facility. 

Program Manager:   Gresham Smith & Partners, OH
Project Designer:    Gresham Smith & Partners, OH
General Contractors:    
Hart Engineering, Cumberland, RI
Cardi Construction, Warwick, RI