Airport Connector Project

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    Airport Connector Improvements Overview
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    Airport Connector Gateway with Proposed Plantings
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    Airport Connector Bridge and Arrivals Concept Art

The Project

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 initial Airport Connector project focused on paving the Connector as well as Route 1 and Route 1A, from Coronado Road to Warwick Avenue. This project also eliminates hazardous drop-offs and improves pedestrian conditions along Post Road with new sidewalks and pedestrian ramps.

The second part of this project is a massive landscaping design effort to create a visually appealing vista. RIDOT will plant more than 7000 trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses and ground cover. These include a wide range of native species including Autumn Blaze Maples, Blue Spruce, Ginkos, Hummingbird Summersweet bushes, Rhododendren and Forsythia.

The landscaping project includes a signature element for the Airport - new gateway signage, now installed alongside both directions of I-95, featuring with 20-foot tall, illuminated letters spelling out the name of the airport. Along the Connector itself, the project includes updated signage, sculptural fencing, and artistic painting on barrier and railings.

Project Schedule & Cost

Phase 1 – Airport Connector and Post Road
  • Location: Warwick
  • Start Construction: 2022
  • Finish Construction: 2024
  • Total Projected Cost: $12.9 Million
  • Detours Needed: No
Phase 2 – Airport Connector Landscaping
  • Location: Warwick
  • Start Construction: 2023
  • Finish Construction: 2024
  • Total Projected Cost: $10.3 Million
  • Detours Needed: No

PROJECT UPDATES | MAY, 2024

Landscaping work continues requiring right shoulder closures on the Airport Connector, from I-95 North to Post Road, Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Additionally, partial lane closures continue for road structure adjustments on Post Road, from Warwick Avenue to the Airport entrance, Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Click here for the latest lane closure information