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Wallops Seeks Public Comment on Main Base Entrance Changes
03.14.11
 
NASA is seeking comments from the public on its draft Environmental Assessment (EA) of potential impacts from proposed improvements at the Wallops Flight Facility main base entrance.

NASA is proposing to improve the main base entrance to increase personnel safety and decrease congestion.

From 2006 to 2010, the Facility has seen an increase in traffic from an average of 1,200 vehicles to approximately 3,000 vehicles per day, respectively. In addition, the Facility processed more than 37,600 temporary badges in 2010. This is up from around 15,600 in 2006.

Currently, the building for issuing badges for Wallops visitors is located at the main base entrance. This results in people walking through traffic and creates congestion at the gate.

The project, which would be implemented in either two or four phases, would first entail constructing a new badging office just south of the main entrance on Atlantic Road. Next, the existing intersection of Mill Dam and Atlantic Roads would be reconfigured as a traffic circle. In the final phase of the project, NASA would move its shipping and receiving building from inside the main base to a site adjacent to the new badge office.

The draft EA is available on the internet at: http://sites.wff.nasa.gov/code250/MERP_DEA.html

A description of means for submitting comments may be found on the website. Public comments on the draft EA are requested by April 12, 2011.