• Heightened Security Could Exacerbate Traffic Woes outside Bases, Panel Says0

    Constraints on military construction funding are hampering the ability of DOD to address traffic congestion on the roads leading to a number of U.S. installations, including those that have experienced significant population growth due to BRAC, according to the Senate Military Construction and Veteran Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee. The constraints are limiting the ability of DOD to fund urgent defense access roads and entry control point projects at installations coping with growth due to BRAC as well as those serving as host commands for a wide variety of military services and agencies, the panel says in its report accompanying the fiscal 2016 milcon spending bill …

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  • House Votes to Authorize $25M in Defense Bill for Transportation Upgrades at Growth Bases0

    Defense communities still coping with mission growth stemming from the 2005 round of base closures could apply for a total of $25 million for transportation infrastructure improvements, as the result of an amendment added on the House floor last week to the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill. The provision, sponsored by Reps. Denny Heck (Wash.) and Don Beyer (Va.), would authorize the funds to be allocated to the Office of Economic Adjustment, which would award grants through a competitive process. The amendment states that the money should be used for transportation upgrades “associated with congestion mitigation in urban areas” related to the last BRAC round …

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  • Funding Needed to Alleviate Gridlock outside Bases, Washington Lawmaker Testifies0

    Many installations that experienced mission growth following the last BRAC round are still grappling with traffic congestion outside their gates, an urgent issue that requires dedicated funding from Congress, Washington Rep. Denny Heck (D) told the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee during its annual “member day” hearing Wednesday. At the installation Heck represents, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a disproportionate reliance on I-5 for access to the base has resulted in gridlock on a regular basis in South Puget Sound. The problem is not unique to the region as many installations, particularly in urban areas, are still coping with the aftermath of the 2005 round of BRAC and short-term mission growth …

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  • Parkway Extension Requires Public Investment, SouthField Developer Says0

    The master developer for the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth is pressing the commonwealth of Massachusetts to spend between $20 million and $40 million to extend an access road through the reuse project. A deal to fund the road would position the long-troubled redevelopment, called SouthField, to attract commercial development as the region’s real estate market heats up. Extending the road to Route 18 would create a more welcoming entrance and ease access to the property, say officials with Starwood Land Ventures. The developer, though, has indicated it would pull out of the reuse in the absence of state funding, reported the Boston Globe …

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  • North Carolina Crafts Plan to Support Military Installations0

    The state of North Carolina is developing a strategic plan to shore up its installations ahead of looming budget cuts, troop drawdowns and a possible BRAC round. Most of the issues the states plans to focus on involve host communities, including the quality of public schools, transportation infrastructure and encroachment, Cornell Wilson, the governor’s military adviser, told state lawmakers on Thursday. Another concern is the condition of training ranges …

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  • Maryland Bill Would Aid Defense Communities on Highway Projects0

    A bill introduced in the Maryland General Assembly would require the State Highway Administration to cover the cost of highway projects aimed at improving access to a federal facility. Del. Mary Ann Lisanti introduced the measure, House Bill 920, after the city of Aberdeen learned it was responsible for moving utility lines associated with a state project to add lanes to Route 22, which provides access to Aberdeen Proving Ground. The city also would have needed to do utility work on another road providing access to the proving ground …

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