San Marcos councilmembers to evaluate draft master plan for regional airport
More than two years in the making, the draft master plan for San Marcos Regional Airport calls for an estimated $38 million in capital improvements in the next five to 10 years.
City councilmembers reviewed the draft plan at their April 6 work session where consultants presented key findings and recommendations to:
- Extend Runway 17/35 and improve instrument approaches.
- Rehabilitate existing infrastructure such as aprons and taxiways.
- Strengthen airfield pavements.
- Improve the taxiway system.
- Plan for ultimate closure of Runway 8/26.
- Establish future development areas.
San Marcos Regional Airport
Near- and mid-term priorities for the next 10 years are 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.
According to the presentation, all near- and mid-term projects are eligible for grant funds of about $34.2 million under the Airport Improvement Program administered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Adoption of the master plan is scheduled for the April 20 City Council meeting. If approved, the airport would start work on its internal capital programming plan and initiate capital improvement program planning with the FAA and the Texas Department of Transportation.