DOD to probe Mark Center move
The Defense Department Inspector General's office is investigating the plan to move 6,400 defense employees to the Mark Center, at I-395 and Seminary Road in Alexandria, according to U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.).
"This is potentially the worst transportation crisis in Northern Virginia," Moran said Wednesday. "It is worse than construction of HOT lanes and Dulles rail combined if this takes place without adequate mitigation measures. It will basically halt traffic on I-395 and Seminary Road during rush hour."
The investigation, which is being conducted by an outside party since the inspector general's office is slated to move to the new building, will examine why no comprehensive impact analysis was conducted for the site and how the Army Corps of Engineers concluded that there would be no significant traffic impact, Moran said.
The Defense Department Inspector General's office "agreed with us that it deserved more than a quick, superficial study of the impact. They agreed with us that it was not a rational conclusion that it would have no significant transportation impact," Moran said.
The congressman, who has repeatedly called the analysis flawed and has included parking limitations and this investigation in legislation, said he "wouldn't be surprised" if the inspector general's report due in February mandates a lengthy environmental impact study and transportation infrastructure.
The Virginia Department of Transportation will discuss six areas for traffic improvement Wednesday night at Alexandria's BRAC-133 Advisory Group meeting.
| November 17, 2010; 1:17 PM ET
Categories: BRAC, Congestion, Construction, Transportation Politics, Virginia
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