“Strategic investments in Port San Antonio help grow important industries, particularly the aerospace sector,” said San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro at the event. “The hard work that’s gone into making this infrastructure a reality will help businesses and generations of workers build strong futures here for years to come.”
“Expansion of the platform at Port San Antonio highlights the important role San Antonio plays in the global economy,” said Congressman Joaquín Castro in a statement. “Combined with a well-prepared workforce, the land now open at Kelly Field creates a powerful reason for the aerospace industry to invest and grow in San Antonio.”
Construction of 36th Street will continue beyond Billy Mitchell Boulevard next year thanks to $6 million in new funding obtained through the City of San Antonio’s 2012 municipal bond program, a $1.7-million TxDOT grant and $3.7 million in additional planning and design support from the Port, including the transfer of corresponding land to the City. This will extend the road by approximately another mile until it intersects with General Hudnell Drive close to existing hangars, workshops and office buildings where the majority of people who presently commute to Port San Antonio work. It also creates redundant access that improves related logistics activity.
As additional resources are identified, the road could extend beyond Port San Antonio toward the south and connect to IH-35 and other regional economic engines, including Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Texas and Texas A&M University-San Antonio, as envisaged in the city’s major thoroughfare plan. With its proximity to State Highway 151 near State Highway 90, in time the 36th Street extension will become part of a new trade corridor connecting western and southern Bexar County.
Completion of 36th Street from Highway 90 to Billy Mitchell Boulevard allows for the development of approximately 400 acres on the north end of Kelly Field. The sites, with direct access to the runway, are ideal for construction of hangars, workshops and other buildings to support future growth of the aerospace industry in the region.
In 2014 construction will commence that will extend the road further--between Billy Mitchell Boulevard and General Hudnell Drive. Future phases could reach beyond the Port to the south and connect with IH-35, as indicated in the City of San Antonio’s major thoroughfare plan.
The project is a collaboration between Skyplace Center, a multi-service aviation operation at the San Antonio International Airport, and Grupo ASERTEC FBO, a Mexican fixed-base operation.
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