R.I. airports receive $2M from FAA

T.F. GREEN AIRPORT received $1.3 million from the Federal Aviation Administration for multiple projects as well as to acquire a aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle. / COURTESY THE R.I. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
T.F. GREEN AIRPORT received $1.3 million from the Federal Aviation Administration for multiple projects as well as to acquire an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island airports have received nearly $2 million in Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program grants since July, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday.

T.F. Green Airport in Warwick received a combined $1.3 million to acquire an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle, to construct a runway safety area and to remove obstructions.

The Newport State Airport received $356,277 to remove obstructions.

The Quonset State Airport received $300,000 to reconstruct a runway.

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Two Massachusetts airports in the Providence metropolitan area also received Airport Improvement Program grants in July for a combined $1.7 million. The New Bedford Regional Airport received $1 million to acquire an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle and to improve its runway safety area. The Taunton Municipal Airport, known as King Field, received $659,250 to install perimeter fencing.

According to the U.S. DOT, airports receive a certain amount of AIP entitlement funding each year based on activity levels and project needs. If a capital project’s needs exceed an airport’s available entitlement funds, the FAA can supplement its entitlements with discretionary funding.

Some of the award totals for local airports are subject to change, the FAA said, as the amounts have been announced but not yet awarded and are projected estimates, including $587,632 for T.F. Green’s new vehicle, Quonset State Airport’s grant, New Bedford Regional’s $765,000 for a safety vehicle and $659,250 at Taunton Municipal for fencing.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.