The Arlington County Board unanimously approved two agreements with the Federal Government for the expansion of the Arlington National Cemetery.
The first agreement signed off on the design plans for the necessary changes to roadways for expanding the cemetery. The increased burial space will require the realignment of Columbia Turnpike.
The Federal Government will pay for the costs associated with this plan.
“The expansion of Arlington National Cemetery is an opportunity to better align Columbia Pike and increase its multimodal transportation capacity – especially with the addition of new bike trails,” County Board Chair Libby Garvey said in a press release. “Our partnership with the federal government is important to the County’s ongoing efforts to improve this vital corridor.”
The county board agreed to cover the $500,000 needed to design a multi-use trail along Washington Boulevard adjacent to the cemetery. The agreement gives the Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division the authority to move forward with designing the trail.