Christmas came early -- four days to be exact -- to Montgomery County this year with the announcement that $300 million in Base Realingment and Closure Commission (BRAC) money will be shared between Ft. Belvoir, VA and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda for BRAC-related transportation infrastructure. Walter Reed Hospital will relocate operations to Bethesda Naval starting in 2011.
U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and Congressman Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) gathered recently at the edge of MD-355 and steps away from the Medical Center Metro Station with Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown and Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett to announce the unprecedented federal investment in BRAC-related transportation projects outside the gate of what will be the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. Projects include improvements to the surrounding roads, including MD-355 and upgrades to the Metro station.
“I want to thank the folks who really made this possible. Our Congressman, Chris Van Hollen, and our Senators, Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin,” said Leggett. “This new medical center is designed to provide world-class care to our nation’s bravest men and women, but that mission will fail unless doctors, nurses, patients, family and friends can gain timely access to the facility. This announcement represents a huge leap forward.”
For more local BRAC information, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/brac
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from Washington Post.
POSTED AT: Monday, January 04, 2010 | 1:45:00 PM