Early Work on Arlington Cemetery Expansion Starts Next Year


By C. Todd Lopez


13 March 2019

WASHINGTON — For its second act of expansion, Arlington National Cemetery plans to grow southward onto property formerly occupied by the Navy Annex. Work there will begin next year, said the cemetery’s executive director.

Section 35 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, Oct. 26, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / release)

Karen Durham-Aguilera spoke Tuesday before the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on military construction, veterans affairs and related agencies. She told lawmakers the cemetery plans to break ground on the first phase of the project in 2020. She also thanked them for providing the appropriate funding to make it happen.

“With Congress’s support, the Defense Access Road project is fully funded with $60 million and the Southern Expansion is partially funded with $219.1 million dollars no-year funding, toward a $350 million requirement,” she said.

Both projects, which include a plan to reroute Columbia Pike, which runs alongside the cemetery to the south; and a plan to develop reclaimed land and bring it up to the standards of the cemetery, are currently underway.




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