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Posts Tagged ‘transportation funding’

Local Funding Needed to Strengthen Position of West Virginia Air Guard Base

  • July 28, 2013
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State and county funding to build a new access road to Charleston Air National Guard Base, W.Va., would help secure the long-term future of the base’s 130th Airlift Wing, according to a board member of Yeager Airport, where the unit is based. The $7 million to $9 million project, which requires the construction of a bridge, would provide a new access route to the base, allowing closure of the current public road serving the facility. The existing route poses a security risk to the base, a factor which almost resulted in the base’s closure during the 2005 round of BRAC …

Transportation Infrastructure Not Just an Outside-the-Gates Concern, Committee Says

  • July 7, 2013
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An apparent rise in the frequency and severity of traffic accidents at some installations may stem, at least partially, from outdated on-post transportation infrastructure, according to the report from the Senate Armed Services Committee accompanying the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill it approved last month. At Fort Bragg, N.C., for example, traffic accidents have jumped by more than 400 percent and accident-related injuries have climbed by more than 200 percent since 2005 …

Road Upgrades Still a Critical Need for Growth Communities, Committee Says

  • July 2, 2013
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The Defense Department needs to address “critical transportation infrastructure shortfalls” outside military installations, either through expanding the eligibility criteria for the Defense Access Roads (DAR) program or identifying other sources of funding, the Senate Appropriations Committee said in its report accompanying the fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. The committee’s request for the department to loosen the eligibility criteria for the DAR program — which is the only federal mechanism for the military to fund improvements to roads outside of an installation — echoes language in committee reports from previous years …

Milcon Panel Focuses Concerns on Impacts of Past Growth

  • May 21, 2013
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With the Army expected to decide shortly how it will rebalance its force structure as it reduces its active-duty end strength by 72,000 soldiers, House appropriators are concerned the service may commit to spending money on building new facilities after it already spent billions of dollars since 2005 on military construction to accommodate the population shifts generated by the last BRAC round. “Army planning to potentially add combat maneuver battalions and supporting units at certain installations in support of Army 2020 may result in a sizeable obligation to the Army’s budget at the same time the Army is trying to reduce the size of its force structure …

Maryland County Seeks Study of Commuting Alternatives for Aberdeen PG

  • April 7, 2013
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The Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor, through the Harford County (Md.) Office of Procurement, is requesting bids for a review of telework/flexible commuting alternatives and best practices, along with a feasibility study, for the Aberdeen Proving Ground community. The project includes two parts: (1) A study of flexible commuting alternatives feasibility/best practice assessment looking at uses of flexible commuting policy and initiatives, preferably federal and DOD-oriented, from across the country as they relate to addressing traffic mitigation issues …

Transportation Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground to Promote Commuting Alternatives

  • March 10, 2013
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Leaders in northeastern Maryland and the surrounding region believe a new transportation center opening this week at Aberdeen Proving Ground will help make a dent in traffic congestion at the post by reducing workers’ reliance on single-occupant vehicles. The APG-Chesapeake Science & Security Corridor Transportation Center’s primary goal will be to encourage military and civilian employees of the post’s 90 tenant organizations and nearby defense contractors to consider alternative commuting options, including commuter rail, a private bus line providing service to New Jersey, car and vanpools, and the Guaranteed Ride Home Program …

Planners Look to Demand Management to Alleviate Traffic Congestion at Ft. Meade

  • December 10, 2012
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Planners from an eight-county region surrounding Fort Meade, Md., are focusing on transportation demand management as their primary approach to address the traffic-clogged roads leading to the post located between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. The installation already has tripled the number of its employees in the last decade and is projected to grow from a workforce of 56,000 today to 70,000 over the next 20 years …

Northwest Florida Communities Awarded State Grants to Support Local Bases

  • December 4, 2012
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State grants announced Monday will help Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties on the Florida Panhandle purchase land and make other infrastructure improvements to support local installations. Okaloosa was awarded two grants totaling $381,245. One will be used to purchase land along the Shoal River near Duke Field — part of Eglin AFB — as part of an ongoing effort to buffer the facility from development …

State Grants Support Growth at Natick Army Facility

  • November 20, 2012
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The commonwealth of Massachusetts is providing $2.5 million in infrastructure grants to upgrade the main road leading to the Army Natick Soldier Systems Center outside of Boston, Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray announced this week. The award stems from the work of the state Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force that the governor created in February to support Massachusetts’ six military installations …

Road Improvements Expected to Bring Traffic Relief to Workers at Maryland Bases

  • August 30, 2012
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Tens of millions of dollars in road projects are under way at three Maryland installations that have gained significant new missions and personnel as a result of the 2005 round of base closures, reports the Baltimore Sun. An $18 million project to upgrade a key intersection leading to Aberdeen Proving Ground recently has begun, with work slated to continue for another year. Average daily traffic on one of the highways passing through the intersection has grown has grown almost 60 percent since the BRAC recommendations were announced. The other highway has experienced an increase in traffic of 3,000 daily vehicles …

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