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Mark Center roadwork proposed

By Christy Goodman

New turning lanes, dedicated ramps to I-395 and a pedestrian bridge are being recommended by Virginia Department of Transportation officials to help improve traffic around the Mark Center in Alexandria. However, there is currently no funding for them.

Michael Snare, a design manager for Virginia MegaProjects, told the BRAC-133 Advisory Group in Alexandria Wednesday night that the entire project of short- and mid-term projects is conservatively estimated to cost between $13 million and $15 million.

The advisory group, comprised of stakeholders affected by the relocation of 6,400 federal employees to a building being erected off I-395 and Seminary Road, passed a resolution in support of the future construction stating that the federal government and Duke Realty, which owns and manages Mark Center, should be responsible for the roadwork.

Representatives from the Defense Department and the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership abstained from the vote and a representatives of Duke Realty voted against the resolution.

Once funding is found, road work would be split into two phases, Snare said. In order to move the projects along as fast as possible, the agency would try to have design, engineering and environmental work being done simultaneously, he said. The first phase, which would not require any purchases of right of way or utility relocation, would take about a year, ending in February 2012. The second, 21-month phase is expected to end in November 2013, Snare said.

Mark Center construction camera

Maps of the original short- and mid-term transportation alternatives.

By Christy Goodman  | November 18, 2010; 3:05 PM ET
Categories:  BRAC, Congestion, Northern Virginia, Virginia  
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