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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

San Antonio Seeks Share of Road Funds for Growing Medical Centers

  • August 16, 2011
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San Antonio officials are requesting one-third of the $300 million in spending Congress approved earlier this year to provide transportation funding for communities dealing with BRAC-generated growth at military medical centers.

The city is asking for $68 million of the total amount it is requesting to upgrade Harry Wurzbach Road, a prime traffic corridor leading to Fort Sam Houston, reported the San Antonio Business Journal. The money would help the city revitalize the road much sooner that it would otherwise.

As a result of BRAC, Brooke Army Medical Center, located at Sam Houston, is being transformed into the San Antonio Military Medical Center. The facility will be responsible for inpatient care and related specialty care for the region.

The provision allocating money for transportation improvements was included in last April’s agreement that provided funding for the federal government through the end of the current fiscal year. The funds are designated for transportation infrastructure improvement projects associated with medical facilities affected by BRAC, which essentially limits the money to helping Maryland and Virginia cope with the realignment of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and San Antonio address growth at Sam Houston.

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