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Posted at 10:24 PM ET, 12/14/2010

Alexandria endorses some Mark Center road improvements

By Christy Goodman

The Alexandria City Council unanimously endorsed the seven short- and mid-term road improvements proposed by Virginia transportation planners at the council's Tuesday night meeting. However, there is no money scheduled for the $20 million in projects that would be completed by 2013 in the best-case scenario.

The improvements, which include added lanes and ramps, dedicated turning lanes and a pedestrian bridge on I-395, Seminary Road, Mark Center Drive and Beauregard Street, are being sought to handle the 6,400 federal employees being relocated to the area as part of the Base Relocation and Closure (BRAC) process.

Long-term improvements expected to cost $80 million to $100 million are closer to 10 to 12 years from happening, said officials.

As part of its resolution, the council directed the city manager to seek funding from the Department of Defense and developers of the new Washington Headquarters Service building, as well as other sources.

By Christy Goodman  | December 14, 2010; 10:24 PM ET
Categories:  Alexandria, Christy Goodman, Transportation  
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