Fort Belvoir awarded $180 million highway work

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Department of Defense has awarded Virginia $180 million to widen a highway serving Fort Belvoir.

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the grant from the department's Office of Economic Adjustment on Tuesday.

The state plans to widen more than 3 miles of Route 1 from four lanes to six lanes between Telegraph Road and Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. McDonnell says 56,000 vehicles a day travel this section.

Construction could begin in 2013.