ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is proceeding with a project that will provide another five years of burial capacity at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.
The VA says it has awarded nearly $900,000 for design of the 13-acre project, expected to be completed by Fall 2010.
Jefferson Barracks Cemetery, which opened in 1862, is the final resting place for nearly 180,000 veterans, their spouses and dependents. Nearly 5,000 were interred there last year alone.
The project will provide another five years of burial capacity beyond the previously expected depletion date of 2015.
The VA is in the midst of the largest cemetery expansion since the Civil War.
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