Pentagon releases funding for Fort Belvoir road project
The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure law shifted tens of thousands of jobs to Fort Belvoir, putting additional strain on Route 1, already a major commuting corridor in the Washington metro area. In a press release, the Defense Department said the funds would be used to widen a 3.5 mile stretch of the road from four to six lanes, and for adding new bike lanes and pedestrian facilities.
The $180 million also will fund improvements to gates providing access to the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., called the move a "great step forward."
The Federal Highway Administration will complete the road-widening project in coordination with Virginia's Fairfax County, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the command at Fort Belvoir.
The project marks the first expenditure of funds under a $300 million program for improvements associated with medical facilities related to the 2005 BRAC round included in the fiscal 2011 Defense appropriations act.