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Posted at 1:56 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Va. congressmen send letter on BRAC

By Washington Post Editors

Christy Goodman reports in the Virginia Politics blog that the state's top Democrats -- U.S. Reps. James P. Moran Jr. and Gerald E. Connolly and Sens. James Webb and Mark Warner -- sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates outlining road and transit improvements the U.S. Army should consider in Alexandria.

The letter, dated Jan. 19, follows the National Defense Authorization Act for 2011 requirement that the secretary of the Army create a transportation plan for the Base Relocation and Closure, or BRAC, movement to the Mark Center at I-395 and Seminary Road within 90 days.

"Though we have serious doubts that the full implementation of BRAC #133 [Mark Center] will lead to any result other than failing levels of service, the Army can mitigate this by implementing the following recommendations," the letter read.

Read the entire post on the Virginia Politics blog.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 20, 2011; 1:56 PM ET
Categories:  BRAC, Virginia  
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I love how Moran ignored the BRAC for five years then suddenly is shocked...SHOCKED! that it will have major effects on this area. No, there is no way someone so connected with the Pentagon would not know what is going on or would be completely unable to influence it. He needs to go.

Posted by: slar | January 20, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Yep, Moran was all for the BRAC move until somebody pointed out that it might result in one little corner of the park being impacted. Now suddenly he's outraged. Give him another week or two and he'll be for it again. The only thing predictable about Moran is that he'll change his mind with the weather. Considering how long the BRAC move has been pending, he had to have been completely asleep (or more likely, drunk) at the wheel to not realize what was going on. It's also entirely possible that he's just feigning outrage to satisfy a handful of vocal constituents rather than have the guts to tell them to grin and bear it. So he's either clueless or gutless. Either way, he's less than what we deserve as a congressman.

Yes, he's got to go.

Posted by: flintston | January 20, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see a listing of what their recommendations are. The linked Virginia Politics Blog post doesn't say.

My pet peeve about that site is that they didn't make the construction of an HOV ramp on the south side of the Seminary Road interchange part of the project. They now say a ramp like that would have to pass NEPA review and would take five years to build. What dumbarse didn't think of this before so that they could have started the ball rolling earlier??? (To be clear, I am not referring to the proposed ramp through the nature preserve. You know how there is currently an HOV ramp on the DC side of the Seminary Road interchange? I'm saying they should build a similar ramp on the other side--an HOV exit in the morning, an HOV entrance in the afternoon.)

Posted by: 1995hoo | January 20, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I've posted before about BRAC 133. The Corps of Engineers knew about the potential traffic impacts before the first shovel of earth was dug for the project at Mark Center. They suspected that they wouldn't be able to get permission to take all, or part, of the neighboring tract, which contains the botanical preserve. They decided to go ahead with the project, hoping to get permission once the project was near completion, to take the preserve by eminent domain. If you look at the site using Google maps, you can see how the parking structure, that sits next to southbound I-395, was designed for a fly-over ramp coming from northbound I-395. BTW, that ramp would have required a huge chunk of the preserve for its construction, not just "a little corner".

Posted by: Physical_Security_Spec | January 20, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

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