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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- After 20 years of planning, crews are slated to finally break ground on a project to widen Route 1.

The three and a half mile stretch of the road is right near Fort Belvoir. The goal of the $180 million project is to make an easier drive for people who travel to the Army base and the new Belvoir hospital.

They'll have lane closures during off peak hours, with message signs for traffic control. When the work is finished next year, Route 1 will be six lanes instead of four between Telegraph Road and Mount Vernon Highway.

Virginia elected officials and Fort Belvoir representatives will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. to break ground on the start of the project.

Construction is expected to be completed in 2015.

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