T.F. Green drops extension plan for second runway
May 22, 05:03

(Warwick-AP) -- The state Airport Corporation has abandoned its plan to extend a runway at T-F Green Airport in Warwick.

Airport Corporation executive director Michael Cheston informed the Federal Aviation Administration of the decision earlier this month.

He says continued public opposition and the costs of extending the runway into wetlands were the reasons for dropping the plan.

Officials had wanted to extend the secondary, crosswind runway by two-thousand feet, so it could be used more by commercial airlines. But the city and residents living around Buckeye Brook had been opposed to the runway being built in the wetland. Instead, only the primary runway at Green will be lengthened, eventually to 9500.

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian tells The Providence Journal the decision a big victory for his city.

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