Report: Army Used Poor Data For BRAC Traffic Assessment | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Report: Army Used Poor Data For BRAC Traffic Assessment

Play associated audio
Critics of the DoD's new Mark Center building say the 6000 workers scheduled to start working there in September could add an extra two hours of traffic for commuters on I-395.
Jonathan Wilson
Critics of the DoD's new Mark Center building say the 6000 workers scheduled to start working there in September could add an extra two hours of traffic for commuters on I-395.

The U.S. military used poor data in a traffic assessment it conducted before relocating thousands of workers in Northern Virginia through its Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), according to a new report [PDF] from the Department of Defense's Inspector General. Virginia lawmakers are furious over the findings.

The traffic surrounding Alexandria’s Mark Center -- the new home to DOD's Washington Headquarters Service located at Interstate-395 and Seminary Road -- is bad now, and the new report says it’s only going to get worse unless Army officials act soon. The Pentagon is shifting more than 6,000 people to the new office complex, but outside experts say the roads surrounding the space can't handle all the new traffic.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says the Army seems to have misled local and federal leaders in order to get speedy approval of their relocation plan. "It appears that there was, in a sense, cooking the books going on, in terms of when and how these first traffic studies were conducted," says Warner.

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) says the Army created the mess and now it's their duty to come up with a plan to avoid turning some roads in Alexandria into parking lots. "We can avoid chaos if we act now," he says. "We would like for them to come up with some solutions themselves, but we do think there are some practical solutions.” 

Moran is calling on the Pentagon to limit the number of open parking spaces at the Mark Center and consider shuttling in some workers to decrease the expected congestion. The Army is questioning its own inspector general's report, and says it's already providing more than $20 million for road improvements in the area.

NPR

Investigating The Drug Trade In 'Cartel Land'

A new documentary tells a riveting story of the way power and violence intersect along the Arizona border and in embattled Michoacan, Mexico.
NPR

Why The World Might Be Running Out Of Cocoa Farmers

West African cocoa farmers earn less than $1 a day. Those low wages could jeopardize the future of chocolate labor, as young farmers find better opportunities to earn a living, a new report warns.
NPR

Donald Trump Controversy Highlights Influence Of Hispanics In U.S.

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Felix Sanchez, chairman and co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, about Republican presidential candidate Trump's remarks on Mexican immigrants.
NPR

Pilot In Solar-Powered Plane Sets Aviation Record

André Borschberg, flying Solar Impulse 2, set a new record of 120 hours in the cockpit on a journey from Japan to Hawaii.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.