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AAA: D.C. region to get BRAC traffic influx

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AAA Mid-Atlantic says the Washington region will experience even more traffic back-ups than usual as the Pentagon’s BRAC realignment plan gets underway.

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Travel experts say more than 35,000 defense workers will relocate to a new sites in the area by the September 15th deadline.

Over 20,000 additional personnel will travel to the metro area, along with their family members, by 2015, bringing the total to more than 82,000 redeployed workers on local roads and transit systems, AAA says.

As a result, the following roadways could become more gridlocked: Interstates 95, 395, and 495; Routes 1 and 355; and the Fairfax County Parkway and Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

"Because we live in an area noted for its already congested transportation infrastructure, the impact will be wide-ranging and palatable,” said John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic's Manager of Public and Government Affairs. “Few will escape it, whether you live, shop, dine, commute, go to school or worship in Washington D.C. proper, northern Virginia or central Maryland."

In addition, security concerns have been raised about the Mark Center area. See Natasha Barrett's report below.

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