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Quantico report makes recommendations for road improvements, projects population change

Date published: 7/29/2007

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Two Stafford secondary roads leading to the base, Onville and Telegraph roads, should be widened to four lanes, Sterling said.

The draft EIS does not call for widening, but spot improvements: turn lanes and signal adjustments to meet traffic volume.

Virginia transportation officials have already expressed concerns in letters written late last year. The letters were included in the statement.

Virginia Railway Express CEO Dale Zehner pointed out that the Quantico train station is east of I-95, but the jobs will be west of the interstate.

"Connecting transit services would need to be implemented to enable prospective employees to use VRE," he wrote. Zehner asked whether a transit system would have access to drop workers off, or whether security provisions would restrict it.

Also, Zehner asked whether workers would have free parking at their work sites, and whether the number of parking spaces would match the number of employees.

"Fee-based parking could be a means of encouraging the use of public transit, and could generate a revenue stream that helps to defray the cost of extended transit services," Zehner wrote.

Pierce Homer, Virginia secretary of transportation, wrote that he was worried about the base's existing transportation network.

"The BRAC plan to add approximately 3,000 personnel will make an already challenging access problem at [the base] more problematic. As you know, the two main access points at Fuller and Russell Roads currently operate at unacceptable levels of service," Homer wrote.

The military should participate in the funding of related widening projects off-base, Sterling said. "We don't have as much money as they assume we have," he said.

Kelly Hannon: 540/374-5436
Email: khannon@freelancestar.com


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