Study says the Pentagon ought to pay for highway improvements necessitated by base closings and realignments
A study mandated by Congress says the Defense Department has shirked responsibility to pay for hundreds of millions of dollars in transportation improvements needed because of base closings and realignments.
The BRAC closures will add tens of thousands of commuters this year to Northern Virginia, the most congested transportation system in the United States, and even to the Petersburg area, where Fort Lee’s expansion is changing the landscape.
The study was requested by Virginia Senator Mark Warner, who says the Pentagon ought to pay for the disruption. The report concurs, recommending a one-time allocation to help ease the burden on local and state governments.
Up to now, the Pentagon pays only when their expansions cause traffic to double. Senator Warner, and now the report released by the National Academy of Sciences, says this time they should make an exception and foot the bill for millions of dollars of road improvements in Virginia.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News