Lawmakers in Virginia want the Pentagon to slow down the transfer of thousands of defense workers to the Mark Center in Alexandria, Va.
U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner, as well as Congressmen Jim Moran and Gerry Connolly, wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
The letter said the transfer should wait until road improvements can be made to accommodate traffic. They said in the letter that , "according to traffic analyses produced by the Department of the Army, the DOD Inspector General, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and others, a relocation of this magnitude will cause failing levels of service to local roadways, including I-395, without significant transportation improvements."
In particular, the lawmakers asked for the following in their letter:
Nearly 5,000 defense workers are being transferred to the facility by the end of the year. The remaining employees arrive in 2012.
Right now, transportation improvements won't be finished until 2013.