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DOD cooperating in Mark Center plans, official says

By Christy Goodman

The Department of Defense team handling the relocation of 6,400 employees to the Mark Center is cooperating fully with the federal independent engineering assessment being conducted by an outside firm for the Defense Department's Inspector General, said Jim Turkel, director of the Belvoir Integration Office for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"We look forward to their findings," Turkel said Wednesday night after a BRAC-133 advisory group meeting in Alexandria. "This is the most open process I've been involved in (my) 38 years in government," he added.

Turkel said the state transportation recommendations for short- and mid-term solutions to the I-395, Seminary Road and Beauregard corridors are positive steps towards improving traffic in the area. He said his team is still working with the city and state to solve outstanding issues, such as funding for traffic improvements.

He said by working through the issues the building can open as scheduled in Sept. 2011.

"It is not going to be the calamity it is portrayed as," he said.

By Christy Goodman  | November 18, 2010; 5:43 PM ET
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