BOISE -- The Idaho Veterans Cemetery is receiving a $2.5 million grant to expand its capacity with more burial sites.

Without the expansion, officials say the cemetery will run out of burial sites by 2016 and the columbarium that holds cremated remains would be at capacity by 2015.

The cemetery plans to use grant money from the Department of Veterans Administration to install nearly 2,900 additional burial sites and add roughly 3,700 spaces to the columbarium. The project will likely start in early October and finish next August, with construction on Friday through Sunday of each week.

Officials say the cemetery will remain open during construction but they will temporarily stop offering Friday internment services. In response, the cemetery plans to add extra internment services every Monday through Thursday.

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