$5.7 million grant project set to begin Feb.16 at San Marcos Regional Airport

SAN MARCOS, Texas (February 11, 2015) – It’s about to get much easier to access San Marcos Regional Airport by car. Construction to widen the airport’s entrance is scheduled to kick-off Monday, Feb. 16.

The project is part of a $5.7 million FAA-funded grant awarded in 2014. The widened entrance is a portion of a larger runway reconstruction project.

“The reconstruction of runway 13/31 is the main component of the grant project,” said Cassidy Berenato, Director of Marketing and Business Development for Texas Aviation Partners. “But airside construction won’t begin until April.”

The airport entrance will be widened from approximately 22 feet to 45 feet and will include a left-hand turn lane from the airport onto Highway 21. As an added safety measure, Texas Aviation Partners is working closely with TxDOT Highways to have a left turn lane installed on Highway 21.

"We've desperately needed a wider entrance for many years. Not only will it be safer, but it’s consistent with our overall strategy of increasing the airport’s curb appeal.”

In addition to the runway reconstruction and airport entrance, the project will include an aircraft engine run-up area and three Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPIs). PAPIs are navigational aids that alert pilots if they’re too high or too low when landing, Berenato explained.

The entire project is scheduled for completion in August.