Portion of National Scenic Trail Near Tupelo Closed to Hikers
Part of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail (NOT the Parkway) near Tupelo, MS, has been closed until 2015 due to construction under Tupelo's Major Thoroughfare Construction Project. Parkway travelers may expect delays, but no detours are expected. More »
Mississippi Highway 6 Project Crossing the Natchez Trace Parkway Begins
On March 2, 2009, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) began construction of the Mississippi Highway 6 crossing of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Hill Brothers Construction Company is the prime contractor and construction is expected to be completed near the end of 2011. When completed, this four-lane highway will pass under the Parkway at approximately MP 256.7.
Construction on the Parkway will extend from about MP 256 to 258. Shortly, a detour will be constructed parallel to the existing Parkway so that traffic flow can be maintained with minimal impact. However, the traffic flow on the intersections at Estes Road and on Bissell Road will be impacted to a much greater extent.
Further information on this project may be obtained by contacting MDOT’s Tupelo office at (662) 842-1122.
Did You Know?
Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, was governor of the Upper Louisiana Territory when he died on the Natchez Trace in 1809, at Grinder's Stand in Tennessee. A monument was erected in his honor in 1848 and can be seen along the Natchez Trace Parkway today.