The Washington Times - April 14, 2011, 10:15AM

Finally, there’s a bit of good news for the gridlock predicted to plague the I-395 and Seminary Road intersection when 6,400 Department of Defense workers are relocated to the Mark Center in Alexandria.

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, a Democrat, said the Defense Department has granted his request for $20 million to fund transportation improvements to the area. With additional help from the state, $100 million will be available to help alleviate potentially heavy traffic.

Improvements will include ramp modifications at the I-395 and Seminary Road interchange, intersection improvements at Seminary Road and North Beauregard Street including a pedestrian bridge and intersection improvements at North Beauregard Street and Mark Center drive.

Calling the $20 million “just a start,” Mr. Moran is urging that the relocation not take place until all the money is spent.

“I continue to call on the DoD to delay full occupation of the site until these dollars are spent and the transportation improvements are put in place,” he said. “It’s the height of irresponsibility to push forward on the relocation until the Mark Center is complete – and that includes the roads, public transit and ramps that will service it.”

Rep. Gerry Connolly and Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner, Democrats, also signed on to the funding request.

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