Requested Reprogramming Receives Final
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Moran announced today that $20 million for short and mid-term transportation improvements at the Mark Center has been made available by the Defense Department (DoD). The funding was requested by Congressmen Moran and Connolly, and Senators Webb and Warner.
“Because the Army failed to anticipate, and thus budget for the impact of moving 6,400 people to the intersection of I-395 and Seminary Road, it has become necessary for additional funds to be made available to prevent gridlock at the Mark Center. We welcome this funding, but it’s just a start given the major challenges we face. Combined with funding from the Commonwealth, the Mark Center is set to receive an infusion of $100 million in an effort to prevent a traffic nightmare.
“I continue to call on the DoD to delay full occupation of the site until these dollars are spent and the transportation improvements are put in place. It’s the height of irresponsibility to push forward on the relocation until the Mark Center is complete – and that includes the roads, public transit and ramps that will service it.”
In January, Reps. Moran, Connolly, Senators Webb and Warner sent a letter requesting that DoD money be reprogrammed towards funding short and mid-term transportation improvements at the Mark Center site. These improvements include ramp modifications at the I-395 and Seminary Road interchange, intersection improvements at Seminary Road and North Beauregard Street including a pedestrian bridge, and intersection improvements at North Beauregard Street and Mark Center drive. Today, that funding has been released by DoD.