McKee, Department of Transportation breaks ground on Airport Connector project
WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — Gov. Dan McKee joined the Rhode Island Department of Transportation for the groundbreaking multi-million-dollar Airport Connector project Monday morning.
Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, as well as Rep. Jim Langevin, was also on hand for the ceremony.
More than 400 plants and trees are going to be added to the median and shoulder of the connector as part of the project. The Department of Transportation said the addition of the plants around T.F. Green International Airport will create a more appealing impression to visitors when coming and going from the airport.
The $12.9 million project will also improve paving and landscaping at the Airport Connector. It’s part of $92 million worth of paving projects this year and $492 million over the next five years.
“It’s good for the economy. It’s good for our jobs,” said Gov. Dan McKee. “And it’s good for our airport, and it’s really good for the state of Rhode Island what’s happening here today.”
Four miles of the road will be repaved, and new guide signs along Interstate 95 will be implemented. The project will also improve safety, with safer road surfaces with the new paving, as well as also limiting hazardous drop-offs.
The multi-million-dollar project will also improve pedestrian safety, with new high-visibility pavement markers to be added, and new sidewalks and ramps along Post Road.
Senator Jack Reed called the Airport Connector the gateway to Rhode Island and said it’s the first and last thing visitors to the Ocean State see.
“The first impression you get is the roadway out. When we’re finished with this work that impression will be stunningly effective,” Reed said.
The Department of Transportation expects construction on Airport Connector Road to be completed in June 2023.