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Project to ease BRAC traffic impacts around Quantico

Sunday - 7/31/2011, 1:58pm  ET

WASHINGTON - A new road project is set to widen the road leading to Quantico Marine Corps Base, making it easier to get to and from major roads in the area.

The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) plan will be adding more workers to Quantico, leading to even more traffic in the area.

Prince William County Board of Supervisors recently approved a project to widen Joplin and Fuller roads leading to the base.

The increasing traffic isn't just an issue for base workers, says Supervisor Maureen Caddigan.

"It's been difficult for our civic residents to be able to get to Route 1 and to get to (Interstate) 95," she says.

There will be extra lanes from Route 1 to the base entrance, and in and out of the main gate. There will also be a traffic circle to allow for better movement between Fuller Heights Road and Old Triangle Road, says Rick Canizales with the county Department of Transportation.

"We're hoping that this allows for not only better flow of traffic but allows for additional capacity and takes away any of the queuing that is going on all the way back to (Interstate) 95 on Joplin Road," he says.

Canizales says the $6 million plan is expected to be done by the end of next year.

WTOP's Max Smith contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.

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