Statement on Mark Center
April 26, 2011
Statement by Supervisor Jeff McKay:
Fairfax County and others have been concerned about increased traffic
and the implementation of a transportation management plan related to the
opening of the new the Department of Defense facility at the Mark Center
in Alexandria. Those concerns were heightened and validated earlier
this month when the Inspector General of the Department of Defense
published a report that was critical of the environmental assessment
completed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 2008.
Following the release of that report by the Inspector General, it was suggested that Fairfax County should consider taking legal action to force the Army to address the traffic management issues raised by the Inspector General. Fairfax County has reviewed the matter, and while we remain concerned about the significant traffic impact expected from that new facility, we have determined that federal law does not give the County an opportunity to challenge that environmental assessment at this time. We will continue to explore all of our options both legally and legislatively with our federal legislative delegation.