Pentagon, DOT OK $180M For Fort Belvoir Route 1 Expansion; Ray LaHood Comments

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Belvoir Community Hospital

The departments of Defense and Transportation have approved $180 million in funds for the Federal Highway Administration’s U.S. Route 1 expansion project through Fort Belvoir, Va.

According to a July 16 Defense Department release, the road will expand to six lanes from four, addressing safety and ease of access for Fort Belvoir Community Hospital’s patients, service members, and civilian employees.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in the release that the program will help generate jobs in Fairfax County.

The hospital receives over 574,000 outpatients and 10,000 inpatients per year, impacting access for the 23,000 military and civilian personnel in the area.

Tully Gate and Pence Gate will serve as the chief access point for a new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, the Pentagon said.

Work will start from Telegraph Road north and continue up to Mount Vernon Memorial Highway.

The proposed development includes bike lanes, pedestrian facilities, drainage, and utility improvements as well as a reserve corridor to accommodate future transportation requirements.

The FHA’s Eastern federal lands highway division will complete the project in cooperation with Fairfax County, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the command at Fort Belvoir.

Ground breaking will start as soon as environmental requirements are met, the Pentagon said.

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