The Biden-Harris Administration awarded the city of San Marcos with a $13.9 million grant on April 11 to complete stormwater mitigation projects in the Sunset Acres neighborhood.

San Marcos is one of five cities in Texas to receive a grant from Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient and Cost-saving Transportation, or PROTECT, Discretionary Grant Program.

However, terms of the grant require the city of San Marcos to contribute a 20% funding match, which will cost the city $3.5 million.

The details

Phase 1 of the Sunset Acres Subdivision Improvements Project will consist of replacing wastewater lines along Broadway and Parkdale streets—which is expected to be completed this summer. The second phase of the project will enhance storm drain capacity in the subdivision and is being designed, according to a news release.

With the PROTECT grant, the city will be able to concurrently complete the final two phases of the project, which are expected to begin in 2026.

Assistant City Manager Joe Pantalion said the grant award was a "huge step" toward improving infrastructure in the city.

"I am thankful for our federal partners for their recognition and support of this critical project," Pantalion said in a news release.

Shaun Condor, the city’s engineering and CIP director, said grant funding supports the city’s “ongoing commitment” to safeguarding San Martians against the impacts of potential flooding events.

“The improvements made through this project will also enhance livability in the Sunset Acres neighborhood and safety for everyone in our community,” Condor added.

Learn more

For more information on the project, residents are encouraged to visit