Just as Virginia Senator Jim Webb provided support for Military Families with the proposal to increase the funding for the Department of Defense HAP program, Virginia Congressman Jim Moran has provided support for the allocation of infrastructure funds for the continuation of improvements to the Fort Belvoir area as part of BRAC.
The House Appropriations Committee has passed a number of military funding requests for 2010 under the Military Construction and Veterans' Affairs Appropriations Bill (H.R. 3082).
The bill provides the following provisions for Fort Belvoir:
Fort Belvoir Access Road -- $9.5 million. To construct a new entrance from U.S. Route 1 onto the North Post of Fort Belvoir. Currently, the only access point from US Route 1 onto the North Post is via Woodlawn Gate (Route 618).
Road and Infrastructure -- $20 million. The National Museum for the US Army will be located at Fort Belvoir´s North Post which is bounded by the Fairfax County Parkway and Kingman and Beulah Roads. Transportation and utility infrastructure at the site is not adequate to support the projected one million annual visitors. The funding will be used to improve road and parking access to the proposed museum site.
Flight Control Tower -- $8.3 million. The flight control tower at Davison Army Airfield on Fort Belvoir was constructed in 1958, and is outdated, posing an aviation safety risk. Funding will be used to upgrade the flight tower with more modern equipment.
Fort Belvoir Hospital Construction -- $106.3 million. Funding will support construction of the new Fort Belvoir community hospital which is scheduled to replace the current DeWitt Hospital and portions of the Walter Reed Medical Center.
WRAMC HQ Building -- $17.5 million. To relocate the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) headquarters facilities to Fort Belvoir, VA, adjacent to the new hospital.
Dental Clinic -- $12.6 million. A new dental clinic will be constructed at Fort Belvoir in accordance with the 2005 BRAC decision which calls for quality dental care to be provided in accordance with its relocation actions at Fort Belvoir.
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency -- $168.7 million. Funding will go towards consolidating and relocating the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) facilities to the Engineer Proving Ground (EPG) at Fort Belvoir in accordance with the 2005 BRAC requirement.
BRAC Infrastructure -- $61 million. This project will provide infrastructure improvements for units and agencies relocating to Fort Belvoir as a result of the 2005 BRAC requirement.
Though the final bill has not been published the proposed funds will be a boost the local economy and provide the funds necessary to make Fort Belvoir and the surrounding areas ready for the move of almost 21,000 jobs scheduled for 2011.
Information Source: American Chronicle