Route 1 Widening Project Selected to Receive $180 Million


November 1, 2011

In response to a Fairfax County grant proposal, the U.S. Office of Economic Adjustment within the Department of Defense has selected a project to widen Route 1 from Telegraph Road to Mount Vernon Memorial Highway to receive $180 million. Award funds are to improve access to military medical facilities affected by Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) movements.

In addition to widening Route 1, the project will also provide pedestrian and bicycle improvements and accommodations for future transit.Fairfax County initiated preliminary engineering and environmental documentation in 2010 to advance the project. Construction is anticipated to start in 2013 with possible completion in 2015.

"The widening of Route 1 has been a long time coming,” said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. “Thanks to the efforts of Fairfax County, Rep. Jim Moran and our congressional delegation, residents and commuters along Route 1 will receive much needed relief from the challenges of BRAC. The Board of Supervisors will continue to work with our state and federal partners to find solutions to the congestion in the Route 1 corridor."

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital was recently opened on the Main Post of Fort Belvoir. Congress included $300 million in the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 for such projects.

For more information about the award, visit the U.S. Office of Economic Adjustment.

For information about this news item, call Ellen Kamilakis at 703-877-5606, TTY 711. 

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