Green Airport runway project to get green light
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.