Press Release: Governor McKee, Congressional Delegation, FHWA, and RIDOT Inaugurate Airport Connector Project

Governor Dan McKee, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin, Rhode Island Federal Highways Administrator Carlos C. Machado, and Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Peter Alviti, Jr. today broke ground on the Airport Connector project in Warwick, one of the major paving projects planned for this year.

This project combines the best of both worlds, improved paving and safety with a massive landscaping project that will provide over 400 plants and trees in both the median and the shoulder. The landscaping is designed to blend seamlessly with similar plantings around Rhode Island TF Green International Airport to create a visually appealing walkway.

“For thousands of visitors to Rhode Island, the Airport Connector is Rhode Island’s welcome mat,” Governor McKee said. “These upgrades will provide vital safety improvements while providing a great first impression of our excellent condition.”

The $12.9 million resurfacing project for Airport Connector and Post Road is one of the first major resurfacing projects under RIDOT’s commitment to pave the entire state. This year, RIDOT will spend $92 million on paving projects and $492 million over the next five years. This project will replace paving on four miles of road and install new signage along the airport connector and I-95.

“Visitors and residents rely on RIDOT to help get them where they need to go, and I am pleased to direct federal funding to the state to accelerate and advance key infrastructure upgrades like this. The Airport Connector is a critical access point and these improvements will ensure a safer and smoother ride for everyone traveling to and from the airport,” said Senator Reed.

“Combined with other federally funded projects at TF Green, the upgraded Airport Connector will improve the overall out-of-PVD flight experience for residents and tourists alike,” said committee senior member Senator Whitehouse. Senate for the Environment and Public Works. “Many more job-creating improvements to Rhode Island’s roads, bridges and airports are underway thanks to the bipartisan infrastructure bill we passed in Washington.”

“This crucial project will improve driver safety while supporting landscaping to create a beautiful gateway for the thousands of Rhode Islanders and visitors who travel daily along the Airport Connector,” said said Congressman Langevin. “The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act continues to work for Rhode Island, providing millions of dollars in federal funds to fix our roads and improve the driving experience for all Rhode Islanders.”

“The people of Rhode Island have seen the transformation of our roads and bridges, and with the new Federal Infrastructure Jobs and Investment Act, we will kick our paving program into high gear and provide the type of safe and smooth roads. Rhode Islanders and all visitors to Rhode Island expect and deserve,” said Director Alviti.

The new road surface will provide travelers with a safer driving surface on the 1 mile Airport Connector and the 3 miles of Route 1 and Route 1A (Post Road) from Coronado Road to Warwick Avenue . In addition to the new pavement, the project design eliminates dangerous drops and includes new high visibility pavement markers. It also improves pedestrian access conditions along Post Road with new sidewalks and pedestrian ramps.

On the southbound I-95 ramp, the project will replace the median guardrail and install a grass swale. The plantations will be placed in the median and along the grassy shoulder.

The Airport Connector transports 20,000 vehicles per day. Completion of the project is scheduled for June 2023.

All construction projects are subject to schedule and scope changes based on needs, circumstances, discoveries and weather conditions.

The Airport Connector project is made possible by RhodeWorks, RIDOT’s commitment to restoring Rhode Island’s infrastructure to good condition while respecting the environment and striving to improve it.

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