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UPDATE: Pentagon Grants Millions for Rt. 1 BRAC Improvements

The Department of Defense will provide $180 million for Route 1 widening.

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) announced today that the Pentagon will provide $180 million for traffic improvements to Route 1 in the Fort Belvoir area to accommodate thousands of new employees related to the Base Realignment and Closure process (BRAC).

The funding will allow for Route 1 at Belvoir to be widened from four to six lanes, and according to a release from Moran's office, Fairfax County is already conducting an environmental study in anticipation of the funding. The money is part of a $300 million appropriation secured last year by Moran and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) for BRAC-related transportation improvements.

“This is a big win for Northern Virginia as a region, the commuters along Rt. 1 and DoD employees at Ft. Belvoir,” Moran said. “Belvoir is home to a state of the art hospital and with full funding, patients and their families will be able to travel more safely and quickly to receive medical attention and visit loved ones."

According to the Washington Post, Virginia officials believe the project could begin in 2013 and would take approximately three years to complete. 

“Widening Route 1 is critical to ensuring a viable transportation network in the Fort Belvoir area,” said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. “Our nation’s wounded warriors, veterans and their families deserve to have reliable and safe access to Fort Belvoir’s new Community Hospital. Moreover, every day, commuters are stuck in long traffic queues on Route 1 that has only worsened with the additional traffic generated by BRAC changes bringing more defense personnel to Fort Belvoir. This widening will improve the quality of life for thousands of commuters and visitors.”

Moran also thanked the Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment for "understanding the dire transportation needs of [the] community." 

Delegate Scott Surovell (D-44) applauded efforts of the legislators who worked to secure the grant. “This is exactly the type of cooperation necessary to bring real congestion relief and improvements to Route 1 such as new lanes,” he said in a release. “This is another step toward a revitalized Route 1."

Will Radle November 02, 2011 at 09:01 PM
We need to strengthen local accountability. There was no road planning at the beginning of the BRAC process. As Fairfax County Chairman, I will accept responsibility both for what is in my direct control through local government and for providing effective advocacy for the best interests of our community. You will judge my performance by the results delivered. Experience Matters when electing the Fairfax County Chairman. It is time for change. A. Will Radle, Jr. Independent Candidate for Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors FairfaxAdvocates@gmail.com http://YouTube.com/WillRadle1
T Ailshire November 03, 2011 at 10:57 PM
Unless you can figure out how to make buses travel without roads, what are they going to travel on? Buses already slow traffic on Rte 1 as idiots race up behind them and jump out into other lanes, whether or not it's safe.
T Brown November 04, 2011 at 12:41 AM
Devote one lane in each direction to buses only. Run buses more frequently, making bus travel more appealing than sitting in traffic. We need to get the "idiots" off the road and into something more sensible than an idling car.
Will Radle November 04, 2011 at 12:49 PM
Look at what Fairfax County Chairman candidates said about Route 1. Link provided below. I am the only candidate ready to make the investments necessary in the next 4 years to optimize economic growth and job creation in southern Fairfax. Jerry Fill's July 7 interview with 3 Chairman candidates is on page 7: http://connectionarchives.com/PDF/2011/070611/Mt%20Vernon.pdf The incumbent said she is not ready until the General Assembly increases their investment or voters pass a referendum creating a new tax. She does not present Dulles or Tysons the same barriers to progress. The red guy said he's busy in Tysons and does not want to invest in Route 1's development despite saying we are languishing at best. But, good news, he will make certain we can complain and voice our opinion. As a candidate he was a NO SHOW at Gunston Hall, Sherwood Hall and Southern Fairfax Federation events. TO WHOM would we voice our opinion if he is elected? The people of southern Fairfax County feel like they are being ignored because WE ARE BEING IGNORED! Experience Matters when electing the Fairfax County Chairman. It is time for change. A. Will Radle, Jr. Independent Candidate for Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors FairfaxAdvocates@gmail.com http://YouTube.com/WillRadle1
T Ailshire November 05, 2011 at 01:43 AM
Good one, T Brown. Do away with 1/3 of the capacity, making it useful only to people whose starting and ending points are near bus routes. Sorry. Doesn't pass the smell test for me.

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