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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

OEA Splits BRAC Transportation Funds among Four Communities

  • November 1, 2011
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Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland, San Antonio and Lakewood, Wash., will share $300 million for transportation projects needed to improve access to medical facilities affected by BRAC 2005, DOD announced Tuesday.

The biggest winner was Fairfax County, Va., which was awarded $180 million to widen 3.5 miles of Route 1 that accesses Fort Belvoir’s main post. The project, which will expand the highway from four to six lanes, will accommodate an influx of employees and patients visiting the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.

Montgomery County and the state of Maryland will receive $88.9 million for improvements intended to reduce traffic congestion generated by the establishment of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. The funds will be used to construct deep elevators and a pedestrian tunnel connecting the hospital to the Metrorail station across the street, and to improve traffic flow at four intersections outside the facility.

The city of San Antonio was awarded $25 million to improve access to Fort Sam Houston and the newly established San Antonio Military Medical Center, reported the San Antonio Express-News. The funds will be used to build a flyover connector from Interstate 35 to Loop 410.

The city of Lakewood will receive $5.7 million to upgrade a congested interchange that connects I-5 to Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The Office of Economic Adjustment will distribute the funds after the recipients provide complete applications, including comprehensive plans and environmental information for the selected projects. Congress included the money in the fiscal 2011 defense spending bill.

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