Latest BRAC Facility Adds to Traffic Woes in Northern Virginia
When the Defense Health Headquarters — which will bring all DOD military medical health care operations to one campus — opens in July, about 3,000 employees are expected to exacerbate existing traffic congestion in Fairfax County, Va.
Because the facility is located in leased space that already existed, however, the site was not required to meet many rules designed to lessen traffic impacts. As a result, residents believe the impacts on neighboring communities were not taken into account, reports wtop.com.
“It didn’t trigger a lot of the things that would have engaged the county and the public the way other BRAC sites would have,” Fairfax County BRAC Coordinator Laura Miller told the station.
“This should not have happened,” said Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.).
The headquarters consolidation, which was mandated under the previous round of BRAC, co-locates five offices from across DOD:
- DOD Office of Health Affairs, excluding positions housed in the Pentagon
- TRICARE Management Activity
- Army Office of the Surgeon General
- Air Force Surgeon General’s Office and
- Navy Bureau of Medicine.