NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Gateway Center that welcomes tourists and travelers to Newport is the beneficiary of a $1.6 million federal grant to make repairs and improvements following Superstorm Sandy.

The Newport Daily News reports the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority will receive the grant to do the work at the center, which houses a bus terminal as well as Discover Newport, the area's convention and visitors' bureau.

The money will be used to replace canopies that were torn up by the storm with pavilions that can withstand hurricane-force winds. They will also put down pavers on the walkways that will make the surface more permeable and less prone to flooding.

Sen. Jack Reed says the project will make the center more resilient.

The city of Newport will kick in $178,000.


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