San Marcos: City Set to Approve Airport Master Plan with $38 Million in Capital Improvements
Feature Photo: A view of 17/35, which will be extended by 6,314 feet with the adoption of the city’s Airport Master Plan. Image: Google.
by Art Benavidez
San Marcos (Hays County) — City Council is set to adopt an estimated $38 million Airport Master Plan at tomorrow’s meeting.
In October 2018, the city began to update its Airport Master Plan conducted by the planning firm Garver, LLC. The previous master plan was completed in 2001.
The master plan for the San Marcos Regional Airport calls for the capital improvements in the next five to 10 years.
The master plan includes an inventory of existing facilities at the airport, a forecast of future aeronautical activity, the establishment of a proposed future development plan to accommodate the forecasted activity and a 20 year infrastructure development plan for an airport.
If the city approves the plan, the airport would begin planning with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Texas Department of Transportation on its internal capital programming plan and begin the planning process.
The concept was first reviewed by council members at their April 6 work session and included a plan to:
Extend Runway 17/35 to 6,314 feet and improve instrument approaches.
Rehabilitate existing infrastructure such as aprons and taxiways.
Taxiway A and C Reconstruction.
Strengthen airfield pavements.
Improve the taxiway system.
Plan for ultimate closure of Runway 8/26.
Establish future development areas.
The near and midterm project objectives would be to reconstruct taxiways A and C, rehabilitate other taxiways and upgrade standards, reconstruct the airport’s apron, evaluate runway weight bearing capacity, and extend and decouple Runway 17.
These projects would be eligible for grant funds of about $34.2 million under the Airport Improvement Program administered by the FAA, with a local share of $3.8 million.
Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.