State Awarded $7.3 Million For BRAC-Related Intersection Improvement
The U.S. Department of Defense on Monday announced it awarded $7.3 million to the Maryland State Highway Administration to upgrade the intersection at Old Georgetown Road and West Cedar Lane. It's one of four grants the state is expecting to help with BRAC-related projects near Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, which has brought an estimated additional 2,500 personnel to the 8,000 already stationed at the base. The intersections around Walter Reed were already at a Level of Service grade of F, the lowest possible rating, according to the grant proposal the SHA provided last October. The project will include widening westbound West Cedar Lane and northbound Old Georgetown Road to add exclusive right-hand turn lanes at the intersection. Statements from Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D), Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Sen. Ben Cardin after the jump. Van Hollen: Bethesda is proud to be home of the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and we are committed to ensuring it is a world-class center of excellence for the American men and women who have served our nation. This funding will improve access to the facility for patients, families, and base personnel and reduce BRAC-related congestion in the surrounding community. It's a win-win for everyone and an important part of the federal government's strategy for success as the new Walter Reed. Mikulski: I fought in the Senate to BRAC-proof Maryland's bases, now I am working to BRAC-ready our transportation systems. Our troops fight overseas to protect our freedom, they shouldn't have to fight traffic to get the care they've earned when they get back. The Walter Reed National Military Center at Bethesda will be the frontline in delivering care to our wounded warriors. I am proud to partner with my Team Maryland colleagues to make BRAC a success and secure the federal funding needed to meet the increased demands on our communities. Cardin: This funding is welcome news for the thousands of wounded warriors and their families who will use the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, as well as Montgomery County's beleaguered commuters. As a delegation, we have been united in our efforts to ensure federal support for the expanded medical facility and the tens of thousands of new military and civilian jobs being brought to our state through the BRAC process. I am pleased that we will be able to provide much-needed road upgrades to improve safety and reduce BRAC-related congestion.