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Traffic has only gotten worse on U.S. Route 1 in Fairfax County after the Department of Defense moved thousands of employees to Fort Belvoir.
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Traffic has only gotten worse on U.S. Route 1 in Fairfax County after the Department of Defense moved thousands of employees to Fort Belvoir.

The Federal Highway Administration is on the verge of making a difficult decision for Virginians about how and where to widen U.S. Route 1, also known as Richmond Highway, in Fairfax County. 

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) last year helped secure $180 million to widen the heavily traveled north-south thoroughfare in an effort to accommodate the increased traffic because of BRAC-related expansion of Fort Belvoir. Now that the money is available, a new problem has emerged surrounding where should the road be widened. 

If it's expanded in its current location, it would go through a graveyard and encroach on a historic property. If a new route is created to the southeast, a horse stable would have to be closed to accommodate the new road. Moran says the lease for the Woodlawn stables is up 2015, which could influence the decision.

"There's no point in fighting to preserve them if they are not going to have their lease renewed or have their lease renewed at such a high rate that the current users can't even afford it," Moran says. 

Widening the rode is a high priority because Fort Belvoir already has thousands of new daily commuters.

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