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Moran, Webb, Warner, Connolly Announce $180 Million for Route 1 BRAC Traffic Fix


(Good work! – promoted by lowkell)

$30 million increase from original projected appropriation for road widening

Washington, DC – Congressmen Jim Moran, Gerry Connolly and Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner today announced the approval of $180 million for the widening of Route 1 through Ft. Belvoir to accommodate the influx of new military and civilian personnel and hospital traffic related to BRAC. This funding announcement marks a contract award stemming from the $300 million appropriation secured last year by Reps. Moran and Chris Van Hollen for BRAC-related transportation improvements. Construction will begin following an environmental study which Fairfax County has been conducting in anticipation of this award. The dollar amount is $30 million higher than originally anticipated, stemming from the cost of completing all three phases of the project.

“This is a big win for Northern Virginia as a region, the commuters along Rt. 1 and DoD employees at Ft. Belvoir,” said Rep. Jim Moran. “Ft. Belvoir is home to a state of the art hospital and with full funding, patients and their families will be able to travel more safely and quickly to receive medical attention and visit loved ones. I’d like to specially thank the DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment for understanding the dire transportation needs of our community, Dr. Dorothy Robyn, Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment, for helping spearhead the effort at DoD, Senators Webb and Warner for pushing the measure through the Senate, and our local officials in Fairfax County, Chairwoman Sharon Bulova and Supervisors Jeff McKay and Gerry Hyland, for hitting the ground running on a project that means so much for the corridor.”

“The project announced today is a tribute to Congressman Moran’s persistence.  He has been the driving force in getting action from all levels of government on BRAC-related transportation issues,” said Sen. Jim Webb. “This investment is critical to mitigating traffic congestion as a result of the BRAC consolidation and is an important step towards improving Northern Virginia’s strained transportation infrastructure.”

“We have got to move forward on improvements to the I95/Route 1 corridor to support the Fort Belvoir expansion,” Sen. Mark R. Warner said. “Congestion mitigation is critically important to commuters, businesses and homeowners near Belvoir, and I am very pleased the delegation was able to successfully work together on both sides of the Capitol to get this done.”

“I am pleased the Pentagon recognized the importance of this project to assist the thousands who commute daily to and through Fort Belvoir along the Richmond Highway corridor,” Rep. Gerry Connolly said. “The Northern Virginia delegation has been working with local leaders and the Pentagon to make the federal government more of a partner in the effort to ensure the massive BRAC relocation in southern Fairfax County is a success. While additional transportation improvements must be made, this project will be critical to controlling traffic in our community.”

The $180 million will go towards widening Route 1 near Ft. Belvoir’s Main Post from Telegraph Road to Mulligan Road, in order to accommodate the more than 11,000 new DoD employees and 574,000 hospital patients that will visit Fort Belvoir’s new, state of the art hospital. The project will be administered by the Federal Highway Administration. Also receiving funding are BRAC relocation sites in Maryland, Texas and Washington.  


    Alexandria, Virginia. Through the hard work of state, county and federal officials, the Route 1 Corridor will see $180 million in improvements.

    Today, Congressman Jim Moran and Senator Mark Warner announced that they have secured $180 million of funding through a competitive grant process to provide transportation infrastructure improvements to military hospital installations. Only three localities with military hospitals across the country, including Fort Belvoir, were able to win grants. The improvements will likely be located between Telegraph Road and Old Mill Road at the northern border of the Woodlawn Estate.

    “Congressman Moran’s relentless efforts to move this funding through the Congressional process has been highly successful,” said Puller. “The seniority, knowledge, and relationships that Congressman Moran brings to the table are an asset to this community,” said Surovell.

    In 1994, Senator Puller’s H.J. 256 initiated the study that laid the groundwork for the widening of Route 1 from Prince William County to the City of Alexandria. Last year, Fairfax County approved $2 million to begin engineering improvements from Telegraph Road through Fort Belvoir to Woodlawn. “It is precisely because we have leaders like Senator Toddy Puller that we were in a position to get this through,” said Senator Mark Warner.

    “The Route 1 Transit Study authorized in 2011 is the next step in the process for finalizing a vision of Route 1 from Alexandria to Quantico. Because we showed that we are serious about working with county, state and federal governments on comprehensive transportation solutions, our grant was able to make it through,” said Senator Toddy Puller. “This is a huge jumpstart to the ongoing revitalization of the Route 1 corridor.”

    “This is exactly the type of cooperation necessary to bring real congestion relief and improvements to Route 1 such as new lanes and the extension of the Yellow Line to Lorton,” noted Delegate Scott Surovell. “This is another step toward a revitalized Route 1.”

    In addition to the transit study, Senator Puller has also helped to rebuild the Route 1/123 interchange, expand VRE services, and widen I-95 around the Occoquan River. Delegate Surovell has made Route 1 revitalization a priority during his tenure in office, leading a coalition to designate the corridor historic, introducing legislation to secure dedicated funding for infrastructure improvement and pushing for extension of Metro’s Yellow Line to Ft. Belvoir and Lorton.


    ~ $180 million grant to address infrastructure needs associated with Fort Belvoir expansion ~

    Richmond, VA – Governor Tim Kaine released the following statement today regarding the Department of Defense’s $180 million grant for improvements to Route 1 around Fort Belvoir:

    “This is great news for Northern Virginia and a testament to the hard work of Virginia’s congressional delegation and local leaders who kept up the pressure on the Pentagon to meet their obligations to the communities affected by Fort Belvoir’s expansion. This grant will improve Virginia’s transportation infrastructure and help accommodate the influx of personnel to the facility.

    “This represents another significant federal investment in the infrastructure needed to accommodate Fort Belvoir. In 2009, I approved the use of Recovery Act funds to improve the Fairfax County Parkway to better serve employees at the Defense Geospatial Intelligence Agency. These improvements are going to create jobs in the near term and support jobs and innovation on the base over the long term.”