- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Off-ramps, security features and apartments aren't the only things building around the Alexandria jail and police station on Mill Road.
Frustration is building, too. There are very few places to park as the entrance to the public-safety complex has been closed to the public for security reasons.
Some of the construction work includes new off-ramps that are part of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge replacement, which has already taken a slice out of the parking lot.
There's also a 315-unit apartment building going up adjacent to the complex, which was once an open space that could have been used for public parking.
All the hustle and bustle, as well as security concerns, have shut the jail and police station parking lot to everyone but uniformed officers.
Other employees and the estimated 500 visitors who come to the complex each day must park on the street or in a dirt lot.
Despite the inconvenience, a deputy police chief says, there have been very few formal complaints.
The jail-police station complex isn't the only building disturbed by construction projects. Several hundred yards away, the two or three stories of dirt dug up for construction of a federal office complex make it seem as if terrorists had attacked the U.S. District courthouse, where hearings are being held for Zacarias Moussaoui, a terror suspect arrested after the September 11 attacks.
Cranes can be seen sticking up three blocks east of the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse between Duke Street and Eisenhower Avenue and to the southeast, between Eisenhower and Cameron Run Hunting Creek.
Anticipating extensive news coverage, officials have said trailers and tents will be put in place nearby for journalists covering the trials.
Moussaoui is one of 150 federal prisoners locked up in the nearby jail. The prisoners are driven back and forth down Mill Road when they are scheduled to appear in the federal court.
"For a long time, we've had federal prisoners," said Alexandria Sheriff's Capt. David Rocco, who acknowledged that security has been increased since the attacks last year. Nine additional sheriff's deputies have been hired.
The increased security has caught the attention of nearby residents and businesses.
"We have U.S. marshals and other officers come in here every morning. They've got guns on their hips. They are Glocks and [Smith &] Wessons," said a Duke Street restaurant waiter, who asked not to be identified.

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