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Raleigh City Council To Vote On Controversial Road Extension Plan

Posted January 6, 2003

— The price of growth in North Raleigh could be a road that would cut right through a cemetery.

Tuesday, the Raleigh City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to build a four-lane road that would cut through the Raleigh Memorial Park, near Lynn Road and Glenwood Avenue.

The proposal for the Poyner Road Extension has been in the city's comprehensive plan for years; however, some families with loved ones buried at the Raleigh Memorial Park are just finding out about it.

If the road is approved, plots will likely be dug up.

"I don't think any part of the cemetery should be dug up for any type of road. It's already established, and to me, it's hallowed ground. It's just wrong to even think of putting a road through a cemetery," said Mark Bishop, whose son Jonathan is buried there.

Cemetery officials have said they did not want to upset families while city leaders were still discussing the options.

The Bishops think the city can find a better way to accommodate the area's growth.

The city council meets Tuesday at 1 p.m.

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