Improvements to Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport (PVD), as well as the five general aviation (GA) airports, are in progress. With the completion of major projects at PVD such as the reconstruction of Runway 16-34 and new terminal restrooms, along with improvements at the GA airports such as the BID Apron Rehabilitation and SFZ Wildlife Fence Installation, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) is improving the state’s aviation system in a big way. Additionally, multiple construction projects are currently underway in and around the airports that will ultimately create an improved airport experience for our travelers, partners, and employees.
PVD South Cargo Project
RIAC has identified the need to relocate cargo operations from the existing facility on the north side of the airfield to the south side. This project is the next step in implementing the FAA approved PVD Master Plan. The project will serve as a tenants’ cargo space, including a shared use aircraft ramp. Draft Environmental Assessment for the South Cargo Facility at PVD
Relocating the cargo operations will mitigate current deficiencies at the existing location. The existing cargo function can be characterized as an inadequate, makeshift cargo operation that uses an antiquated aircraft hangar for a cargo building and a remote apron for aircraft parking. Consequently, there are numerous deficiencies associated with the existing operation when compared to current standards for modern day air cargo facilities. The new cargo development will provide improved facilities to handle both the current and projected shipments as well as providing an aircraft parking apron directly adjacent to the cargo building. In addition, truck loading docks will be located on the landside of the building, resulting in improved operational efficiency for the cargo tenants.
- Final EA/FONSI for the South Cargo Facility at PVD
- Site Plan
- Vicinity Map
- Draft Environmental Assessment for the South Cargo Facility at PVD
- South Cargo Air Quality Analysis
- South Cargo Annual Aircraft Operations
- South Cargo Cultural Resources
- South Cargo Northeast Apron
- South Cargo Project Timeline
- South Cargo Roadway Network Site Access
- South Cargo Water Resources
- Traffic Impact Analysis Report Appendix
Terminal Restroom Renovation Project
The $10M project consisted of the renovation of all public restrooms located in the terminal at PVD. All restrooms received a new layout that will help optimize the number of fixtures to meet future needs and improve the overall flow of the facilities to better serve the users. Family care restrooms and lactation rooms were also added.
The new restrooms deliver a refreshed interior with optimization of the layout to facilitate the movement of passengers now and into the future.
BID Apron Rehabilitation
RIAC identified the need to rehabilitate the existing 115,809 SF apron at Block Island State Airport (BID) due to its poor condition. The improvements included pavement rehab, markings, new tie-down moorings, and a new storm infiltration system constructed per Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) requirements.
This project improved conditions by providing new pavement, extending the useful life of the apron.
SFZ Wildlife Fence Installation, Replacement, and Repair
The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) identified the need to enclose the perimeter of the North Central State Airport (SFZ) airfield to mitigate wildlife access to the airfield. To do so, RIAC installed approximately 10,000 linear feet of new fence and repaired or replaced sections of the existing fence.
The installation of a wildlife skirt around the airport perimeter along with clearing and grubbing within 10-feet of the fence, reduces wildlife access to the airfield, making it more challenging to get over or under the fence, making it safer for airport operations.
PVD Taxiway C Reconstruction
The existing PVD Taxiway C runs parallel to Runway 5-23 and connects the terminal to Runway 23 crossing Runway 16-34. The separation distance of Taxiway C from Runway 5-23 was cited as non-standard by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as it does not meet the standard 400-foot separation distance from the centerline of Runway 5-23. The approved Modification of Standards instructed that Taxiway C be reconfigured to meet the 400-foot separation distance standard.
This project will realign Taxiway C east of Runway 16-34 to improve geometry while avoiding impacts to the adjacent wetlands. In addition, pavement condition will be improved, via pavement reconstruction.
Design complete December 2022
Bidding complete February 2023
OQU Runway 16-34 Rehabilitation
Quonset State Airport is a joint-use airport with the Rhode Island National Guard (RING), as well as civilian operations. The existing runway is in poor condition and is in need of new pavement and grading to meet the RING and FAA design standards for operation. The project will also include rehabilitation and upgrades to the stormwater and lighting and electrical systems associated with the runway.
The proposed project will shift the Runway 34 end threshold to accommodate a full 1,000-foot safety area. The pavement will also be reconstructed for improved condition and extended life.
Anticipated construction Notice to Proceed August 2023
Anticipated completion 2025
PVD Terminal Improvement Projects
RIAC continues to make improvements to the Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport Terminal, replacing and updating many features which date back 30 years to the original terminal construction. In 2021 RIAC completed the design and began the construction phase on the replacement of the security system server and cameras, replacement of the ARFF Rapid Response Communications System, replacement of the public address system, as well as a project to install new wayfinding signage and a wrap for the parking ticket kiosk at the terminal entrance.
PVD Security Camera Upgrades
Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport owns and maintains a Video Surveillance System (VSS) throughout the terminal space, consisting of video cameras, information storage servers, and storage nodes. The original system was antiquated and required upgrades to meet today’s technology, appearance, and functionality.
The new system will ensure a new upgraded camera system that meets Security requirements and will have an extended life and an excellent aesthetic appearance.
Phase 1 Complete
Phase 2 Completion late 2023
ARFF Rapid Response
The Rapid Response Deployment Communication System is used to alert airport personnel of current, or impending, aircraft emergencies at the Airport. The original system was aging and required an upgrade. The new and improved system improves reliability, maintenance, and response time.
The new system provides a clear, consistent, and reliable communication capability, and will also be redundant to ensure continued operation during emergency situations, such as power outages.
The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) has identified the need to update and replace the existing exterior wayfinding signage on the arrival level at Rhode Island T. F. Green International Airport. To do so, RIAC needs to replace 86 wayfinding signs.
The new signs will serve improved wayfinding for airport customers and public.