Warwick approves deal for TF Airport runway plan

Warwick approves deal for TF Airport runway plan

March 1, 2012
WARWICK, R.I.—Warwick officials have approved a deal with T.F. Green Airport and agreed to drop a lawsuit over plans to extend the main runway by 1,500 feet.

The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night in favor of an agreement officials say contains health and safety protections for local residents. The city will also withdraw its lawsuit challenging the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of the project.

The proposal now goes before the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, which is expected to meet Thursday morning. Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY’-fee) is expected to attend.

The $165 million project calls for extending T.F. Green’s main runway to 8,700 feet and improving safety to a secondary runway. Officials say a longer runway allows planes to carry heavier loads and more fuel for longer national and international flights.

© Copyright 2012 Associated Press.

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