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VA Awards Contract to Build Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin, CA

VA Awards $3.5 Million for Bakersfield National Cemetery
December 31, 2008

Construction to Begin Early 2009

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded more than $2.8 million to a Jamestown, Calif., contractor to develop the first phase of the Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin, Calif.
The contract to Combined Effort Inc. is to develop a 15-acre first phase of the 500-acre site. Construction is expected to begin in early 2009. The early burial area will provide two years of burial services and comprise approximately 1,500 full-casket gravesites and 1,800 in-ground cremation sites. The cemetery staff will work initially from a temporary office, committal service shelter and equipment facility until the construction project is completed. In addition to the construction contract, VA awarded a $691,000 contract to complete the design of the cemetery’s first phase to Huitt-Zollars Inc. of Irvine.

The new cemetery’s site was donated by Tejon Ranch, a 426-square-mile agricultural and industrial complex along Interstate 5 in Kern County. It will serve approximately 200,000 veterans in central California. The complete first phase of the cemetery will include roadways, an administration and public information center, a maintenance complex, an assembly area, a memorial walkway, two committal service shelters and public restrooms. Interment areas will include approximately 4,800 full-casket gravesites, 4,000 pre-placed crypts, 4,000 in-ground cremation sites and 3,000 columbarium niches. Other infrastructure improvements will include utilities, fencing, landscaping and an irrigation system. Veterans with a discharge other than dishonorable, their spouses and dependent children are eligible for burial in a national cemetery. Other burial benefits for eligible veterans include a burial flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate and a government headstone or marker – even if they are not buried in a national cemetery.
Information about the Bakersfield National Cemetery is available by calling the cemetery at (661) 632-1894.
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