According to neighborhood reports, this is one of two pieces of equipment working on the extension of the safety area at the end of Runway 16-34 that sunk into the Buckeye Brook wetlands last week. The project being done by Cardi Construction requires the replacement of peat with more stable material so as to extend the safety area should aircraft roll off the end of the runway. To mitigate the loss of Buckeye Brook wetlands, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation will create additional wetlands north of Lakeshore Drive. As the runway area is closed to the public, the incident came as news to Mayor Scott Avedisian. In an email yesterday to the Beacon, RIAC spokeswoman Patti Goldstein said, “this was an unfortunate incident on a large construction project. Thankfully there were no injuries. This was a construction matter, which we have closely coordinated with the appropriate agencies, including RIDEM.”

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