WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2011 -- The Defense Department is distributing $299.6 million to improve access to military medical facilities at four bases, officials announced today.

"The eight projects will improve access at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland; Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; and Joint Base San Antonio," Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

The facilities all were affected by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process.

Congress appropriated the money as part of the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011.

DOD's Office of Economic Adjustment will distribute the funds once the applicants provide comprehensive plans and environmental information, officials said. They could put no timeline on when workers will actually start breaking ground.

A panel composed of experts in health care and transportation selected the projects.

The panel awarded $88.9 million for improvements to access to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

At Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the panel allotted $5.7 million for improvements for access to Madigan Army Medical Center.

At Fort Belvoir, $180 million will go to widen U.S. Route 1.

Finally, at Joint Base San Antonio, $25 million will go to building the Interstate 35-Loop 410 Connector.

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