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More road improvements planned near National Medical Center

Wednesday - 11/2/2011, 8:05am  ET

WASHINGTON - Nearly $300 million in defense department funds will come to the region to help with Defense Base Closure and Realignment-related transportation fixes.

One of the areas that stand to benefit the most is the National Medical Center in Bethesda.

Nearby intersections will be improved and the Medical Center Metro station will be able to handle more traffic.

"We're not going to get rid of traffic, but we are going to help cars and people move through the area a little better," says Phil Alperson, Montgomery County's BRAC coordinator.

Alperson says congestion around the medical center could get worse.

"The transition really hasn't fully kicked in as far as military families who are going to be using the hospital," he says.

WTOP's Adam Tuss contributed to this report. Follow Adam and WTOP on Twitter.

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