BRAC Information


Summary

Fairfax County has made remarkable progress toward preparing for the transfer of 13,000 Defense Department employees and thousands of contactors by September 15, 2011 as part of the 2005 recommendations of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC). Fairfax County, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the federal government have spent hundreds of millions combined so far on BRAC-related projects, but much work lies ahead of us.

The first phase of the expansion and extension of the Fairfax County Parkway was completed in September and all but one phase of the project will be completed in 2011. This project is the most critical for Fairfax County since it will serve the 8,500 employees relocating to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) at the Engineer Proving Ground in Springfield. The Parkway project was funded in part by contributions from Fairfax County that were matched by federal stimulus money included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

BRAC relocations will nearly double Ft. Belvoir’s employment by transferring 19,300 workers to its campuses, 11,900 of which will work in Fairfax County – 8,500 to the NGA in Springfield and 3,400 to the main post at Ft. Belvoir.

Fairfax County remains concerned with the relocation of 6,400 employees to the Mark Center in Alexandria due to the traffic problems it could create for our residents. On February 2, 2011, Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton announced revisions to the I-95/395 portion of the HOT lanes project that ends the HOT lanes at the Beltway but will include a ramp from existing I-395 HOV lanes onto Seminary Road at the Mark Center. The Board of Supervisors is disappointed with the termination of the HOT lanes at the Beltway, but supports the timely action to move the project forward and to construct the ramp to the Mark Center. With the transfer of 6,400 Defense Department employees to the Mark Center in the City of Alexandria and the resulting traffic issues, relieving congestion at the site is critically important. For more information on BRAC and the Mark Center issues, please visit the County's main BRAC page.

 


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