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The Airport Connector is the gateway to Rhode Island for many visitors. It is the first road they experience when arriving at Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport and the last road before they depart. RIDOT wanted to make this road not only safe and smooth but also beautiful with landscaping that would blend seamlessly with plantings at the airport terminal.
The Airport Connector project is the first in major push to repave Rhode Island’s roads. This year RIDOT will invest $92 million in paving and over the next five years will invest $492 million. Paving has started and soon travelers will see a safer riding surface on Route 1 and Route 1A.
This project eliminates hazardous drop-offs and improves pedestrian conditions along Post Road with new sidewalks and pedestrian ramps. It also paves four miles of road with improved materials that will almost eliminate the possibility of potholes.
The second part of this project is a massive landscaping design effort to create a visually appealing vista. RIDOT will plant 400 trees and plants in both the median and the shoulder. The plan includes Autumn Blaze Maples, Blue Spruce, Ginkos, Hummingbird Summersweet bushes, Rhododendren and Forsythia. The Airport Connector will be lined with living plants and trees that will also help the environment.
We’re paving the Airport Connector westbound overnights next week. In addition to lane closures, this may also require the temporary closures of the ramps at I-95, Jefferson Boulevard, and Post Road. Please follow signed detours.
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