Road Construction In Bellmawr, NJ To Encroach On Cemetery

March 02, 2011 - 2:55 am
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BELLMAWR, N.J. (CBS) – Plans to rebuild the Route 42/295 interchange in South Jersey are causing some major concerns for those with loved ones in nearby cemetery.

The state is in the process of claiming a half dozen acres at the New St. Mary’s Cemetary as part of the rebuilding project. While no bodies will have to be moved, opponents say the project — not to mention the ramps and noise barriers left in its wake — will drastically change things there.

Attorney Drew Kapur represents the Diocese of Camden, which operates the cemetery.

“If they, ultimately, found to have satisfied all of their statutory prerequisites or requirements, there’s nothing that the Diocese can really do to knock the Department of Transportation off stride if they don’t want to be knocked off stride,” he said.

State transportation officials, noting that condemnation proceedings are underway in Camden County court, declined an opportunity to comment.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio

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