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Stafford, Prince William supervisors want more time to comment on Marine Corps BRAC statement

Date published: 8/7/2007


The military is not planning to pay for improvements to Stafford County roads. Additional turn lanes and some signal changes are needed at Onville and Garrisonville roads, and Telegraph Road and U.S. 1, according to the statement.

Cord Sterling, a Commonwealth Transportation Board member from Stafford, estimated those improvements could cost $20 million.

The military will pay for civilian road improvements if the military's actions cause a 100 percent increase in traffic--a doubling--within two years.

Quantico's statement shows Onville and Telegraph roads do not meet these standards.

But Stafford Supervisor Paul Milde contested the military's calculations.

Rosewarne said the traffic model deducts growth that would've occurred by 2011 without the BRAC jobs.

Milde asked for the calculations to be done without that deduction, to look at total increases.

Sterling expressed hope for cooperation. He said there may be flexibility regarding the 100 percent standard. The requirement for traffic to double in two years before funding becomes available is a guideline, not a law, Sterling said.

"I think we can work together," he said.

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

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The Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommended moving nearly 3,000 jobs to Quantico by 2011. The base, in a draft impact study, has learned a few things about the move:

The jobs will be located in buildings to be constructed west of Interstate 95.

Base access points operate at "unacceptable" levels at rush hour.

Russell Road should be widened to four lanes between U.S. 1 and the job sites west of I-95.

New turn lanes and signal changes are needed at two intersections in Stafford, off base, at Onville Road and Garrisonville Road, and U.S. 1 and Telegraph Road.

Incoming workers could add 4,300 to 7,000 adults to the area and 850 to 1,400 children, if family sizes follow the national average. The higher numbers are possible if Quantico adds 2,000 jobs to the ones BRAC assigned.