In 2008, the Department of Defense chose to move 6,400 employees from other locations to Mark Center.
McDonnell says the relocation of more than 6,000 defense employees to the Mark Center – located just off I-395, far from the nearest Metro station – will cause traffic nightmares.
The employees are slated to move as a part of BRAC, the Base Realignment and Closure process, which, according to a Congressional mandate, must be complete by September 15.
In a letter to Leon Panetta, the newly confirmed Secretary of Defense, McDonnell asks for a delay in this relocation to allow the state to adapt its infrastructure to accommodate the thousands of new commuters.
A similar letter from McDonnell to Panetta’s predecessor at the Pentagon, Robert Gates, garnered no response.