The San Marcos Municipal Airport (right) will have a control tower in operation before the end of next summer.
San Marcos officials will join state and federal officials Wednesday as the San Marcos Municipal Airport breaks ground on a control tower.
Airport General Manager Scott Gallagher began campaigning for a traffic control tower shortly after taking the position in July 2008. Last December, Gallagher told the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce that a $2 million control tower would make the local airport much more attractive for executives doing business in Austin and San Antonio.
“If we have a tower at our airport, it opens a lot of possibilities for people flying in and out,” Gallagher said. “… Some businesses don’t let people fly to uncontrolled airports.”
The nine-story control tower will include 2,295 square feet, including a base building, elevator and control cab where professional air traffic controllers will manage flights in and out of the reliever airport.
The $2.2 million project will be built by Zapalak/ Reed Construction of Austin. It is expected to be completed and operational in the summer of 2010.
In February, Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) announced $2.85 million in federal funding for the San Marcos airport. The total in federal appropriations for the airport has reached $4.825 million in the last two years.
In 2008, the airport resurfaced its north-south runway for $1 million and spent another $1.275 million for a concrete apron rehabilitation to improve parking and tie-down space.
Gallagher is trying to find $10 million for a facility on the airport’s north side that can provide services for executive flyers, including private hangars and conference rooms.
The groundbreaking will take place Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.Email | Print