BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s senators are announcing $300 million for traffic improvements related to military base realignment.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Sen. Benjamin Cardin will visit the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda on Monday to make the announcement. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Patrick O’Neil, who is chairman of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, also are expected to attend.

The money will be used to help alleviate congestion at traffic hot spots near the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda and Fort Belvoir in Alexandria, Va. It will pay for improvements to surrounding roads, including Maryland 355 and upgrades to the Medical Center Metro station.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. sheriff willie says:

    Porky pig & Chrome Dome skin head Cardin, want to spend that money like drunken sailors on pet projects that the majority of Marylanders will never see the benefit of. How about installing a high speed rail line from Harford co. connecting to Balto, Balto co, D.C. & points south. Right down the empty barrier of I-95 this could be done instead they continue to widen I-95 with 12-16 lanes funelling into two & clogging the tunnels & toll lanes that the average motorist will never be able to afford to ride in but will pay for just the same through their gas tax dollars. Same as the stadium built playgrounds for the rich owners that the average citizen can’t afford to see a game.

  2. Satisfied Marylander says:

    I’m happy that Maryland is one of the states gaining through BRAC and not one where jobs are being lost. An infusion of federal funds for these improvements will provide additional jobs. Areas around some of the augmented bases have already seen an improvement in home sales. Good job!

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