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Green Airport runway project to get green light

February 29, 2012

It looks like the l3-year joust over expanding the runway at Green State Airport is finally nearing an end, as the Warwick City Council is poised tonight to move the project ahead.

Under a 14-page memorandum expected to be approved at a meeting tonight, the council will drop its legal objections to the $166 million project, which has wide support from Rhode Island’s political, organized labor and business hierarchy.

In return, the RI Airport corporation, which runs the airport, will monitor   air and water quality near the new runway. And the airport corporation will replace the Winslow Park softball fields, which are being taken for the expansion, with a new softball complex to be built at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Warwick campus.

If the ball fields cannot be built at CCRI, the airport corporation agrees to pay to build them in another location.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Citizen Nick permalink
    March 1, 2012 2:29 am

    The airport has agreed to monitor the air and water quality…really? I would have thought that was a given already. What about the antifreeze run-off? The Council was under great pressure to approve this project. What will it do to improve or maintain the quality of life in Warwick and East Greenwich? With the longer runway, flights will routinely fly over East Greenwich now, maybe even over the Governor’s house? The city of Warwick is slowly becomming “no-more”. I give credit to the Council for at least fighting for the residents, the mayor was caught with talking out of both sides of his mouth on this one, and I like the mayor.

  2. robert Sullivan permalink
    May 10, 2012 7:15 pm

    Who monitors air and water quality @ Green Airport, seem to me their are lots of cancer deaths in the area around the airport

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