Improvements due at 2 R.I. ports

Federal and state officials are celebrating developments at the state’s two major ports in Providence and North Kingstown. Officials on Monday said they had secured $6 million in federal money to pay for repairs and improvements at Quonset Point, which is part of North Kingstown. The money will reconstruct a bulkhead that was damaged in Hurricane Irene and make it taller so that it better protects against future flooding. In Providence, Governor Lincoln Chafee and the state’s congressional delegation gathered at ProvPort to celebrate new state-of-the-art cranes tentatively scheduled to arrive at the port in May that will enable it to expand services.