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Arlington Cemetery Second Expansion Plans 25K New Grave Sites

First, the U.S. Army will have to negotiate land swaps

Arlington National Cemetery has been running out of space, but soon it will undergo its second big expansion in the last three years. The first expansion began in 2013 with plans to increase the size of the northwest corner of the site by 27 acres with approximately 27,000 new grave sites. This second expansion will provide an additional 25,000 new graves on either side of the Air Force Memorial.

In order to make the plans for the second expansion a reality, the U.S. Army will have to negotiate land swaps and road realignments with Arlington County and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The Washington Post reported that the project is estimated to cost $274 million with an additional $30 million for road realignments.

Arlington Cemetery expansion draws positive reviews from nearby residents [The Washington Post]

Arlington National Cemetery to Add More Than 27K Burial Sites [Curbed DC]