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Fairfax supervisors could find out legal opinion on BRAC Tuesday

Sunday - 4/24/2011, 9:20pm  ET

Mark Center (WTOP Photo/Hank Silverberg)
Prince William County won't sue over BRAC. (WTOP Photo/Hank Silverberg)

Hank Silverberg, wtop.com

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors could find out Tuesday what the county attorney thinks about suing to stop the move of 6,400 defense workers to Alexandria's Mark Center.

But Prince William County has no plans to sue. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., suggested Fairfax and Prince William counties, as well as Alexandria and the state of Virginia sue to stop the move, which is expected to cause massive traffic jams along Interstates 95 and 395, as well as in Alexandria.

"It's just fooling with residents. [A lawsuit is] not going to stop it," says Prince William County Board Chairman Corey Stewart.

"I'm hoping that one of the parties in standing to sue, will go ahead and do that," said Moran, after the Pentgon's inspector general said the Defense Department relied on a flawed traffic study to move the workers as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Act.

The workers are supposed to move into the Mark Center, off I-395 at Seminary Road, by September, before any major road improvements are finished.

Moran says he's talked with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell about suing.

The Pentagon already authorized $20 million to widen the on- and off-ramps at Seminary Road. Virginia allocated $80 million for a direct access ramp from the I-395 High Occupancy Vehicle ramp to Seminary Road. But both of those projects will take time, possibly years, to complete.

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