R.I. state airports to receive $45M in federal funds over 5 years

RHODE ISLAND T.F. GREEN International Airport in Warwick will receive $6.5 million in the 2022 fiscal year from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to help upgrade and improve airport operations. Rhode Island's six state airports will receive about $45 million in total from the act over the next five years. / COURTESY R.I. AIRPORT CORP.
RHODE ISLAND T.F. GREEN International Airport in Warwick will receive $6.5 million in the 2022 fiscal year from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to help upgrade and improve airport operations. Rhode Island's six state airports will receive about $45 million in total from the act over the next five years. / COURTESY R.I. AIRPORT CORP.

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s state-run airports will receive $45 million from the Federal Aviation Administration over the next five years to help upgrade and improve their operations, the state’s congressional delegation announced Friday.

The funding will come from the $9 billion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which President Joe Biden signed last month.

The bill, the delegation says, will bring more than $2.5 billion to the Ocean State to rebuild the state’s infrastructure, stimulate its economic growth and create new jobs.

Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., said in a statement that the federal funding will help the local airports improve passenger experience and accessibility, fix infrastructure and upgrade terminals and facilities.

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“This is a smart investment in enhancing connectivity and creating economic opportunity,” Reed said.

R.I. Airport Corp. CEO and President Iftikhar Ahmad said in a statement that the state will look forward to working with the FAA as guidance on the use of federal funds is released and are prepared to move forward on numerous planned capital projects.

Those projects, Ahmad said, were identified through the development of a new $850 million 20-year Master Plan for Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport, “as well as RIAC’s newly released draft Strategic Business Plan for the state’s General Aviation Airports that identifies $98 million in priority projects over the next decade.”

The airports that are receiving funding, and their amounts for the 2022 fiscal year, are:

  • Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport, $6.5 million
  • Westerly State Airport, $1.01 million
  • Block Island State Airport, $1.01 million
  • Quonset State Airport, $295,000
  • North Central State Airport, $159,000
  • Newport State Airport, $110,000

James Bessette is the PBN special projects editor, and also covers the nonprofit and education sectors. You may reach him at Bessette@PBN.com. You may also follow him on Twitter at @James_Bessette.

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