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Posted at 4:33 PM ET, 05/28/2010

Vote could delay workers' transfer

By Washington Post editors

A proposal that could delay the transfer of thousands of defense workers to a new office building in Alexandria was approved Friday by the House of Representatives as part of the defense spending bill.

The measure, sponsored by Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), is aimed at preventing major traffic jams on I-395 near Seminary Road in Alexandria, where the Mark Center is under construction. The bill requires the Pentagon to devise plans to ease commutes and make road improvements to ensure that the already congested area doesn’t get worse.

The measure will be considered anew when House and Senate hash out differences between each chamber’s defense authorization bill in the coming weeks. The Senate version, scheduled for a vote next month, does not include Moran’s proposal.

-- Miranda S. Spivack

By Washington Post editors  | May 28, 2010; 4:33 PM ET
Categories:  Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  brac, defense department, house of representatives  
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Anyone who creeps by Seminary Road in the morning rush hour and sees the backups that already exist to exit there can only shake their heads thinking of thousands of new commuters trying to exit there. Federal agencies "downstream" (and private employers) in DC should be considering the effect this bottleneck/chokepoint will have on their VA employees' morale/retention.

Posted by: ajaxthewonderdog | May 28, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

The bad idea of relocating the US military inside the beltway will reach full blown insanity when the Tidal Basin becomes a bigger navy port than Pearl Harbor.

Posted by: slim2 | May 28, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

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