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Thu June 12, 2014

New $6M In Federal Funding For TF Green Runway Expansion

Federal dollars are heading to Warwick to relocate ball fields as part of TF Green’s runway expansion.

The FAA funding will expand TF Green's main runway to 8,700 feet. That's long enough to accommodate the larger jets that fly non-stop to the west coast.
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The ball fields at Winslow Park need to be moved so the airport can extend the main runway by a little more than 1,500 feet. That extra stretch of runway will allow for the larger, heavier planes that fly coast to coast and overseas.

The runway expansion has been controversial, with opponents concerned about the effects of noise and air pollution from the larger jets on residents and nearby school children.

The $6 million coming from the Federal Aviation Administration will help pay to build four softball fields, two practice fields, three soccer fields, walking trails and a concession stand. The project is expected to be done by the end of June 2015.

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