DoD to widen U.S. Route 1 near Ft. Belvoir

Monday - 7/16/2012, 8:04pm EDT

The road to Fort Belvoir is getting wider.

The Defense and Transportation Departments announced Route 1 will expand to six lanes as the result of $180 million disbursement from the Office of Economic Adjustment to pay for the upgrades.

'Fort Belvoir is a premier military installation with a growing importance in our defense community and the community of Fairfax County," said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in a DoD release. "The expansion of Route 1 will improve the quality of life for all service members and civilians serving at this key post."

Groundbreaking will start after environmental requirements are met.