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Park And Partners Open Multiuse Trail

6 park partners join superintendent Sholly for the multi-use trail ribbon cutting
Cutting the ribbon for the new trail section.
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News Release Date: February 11, 2011
Contact: Terry Wildy

Natchez Trace Parkway officially opened a new 5.3-mile-long section of the Multiuse Trail in Ridgeland, Mississippi, on Saturday, January 21st.   

Superintendent Cameron Sholly recognized trail development partners from the City of Ridgeland, Denver Service Center, and the Federal Highway Administration with superintendent’s appreciation awards.  Representatives from Senator Thad Cochran’s office, Madison County, Jackson Metro Cyclists and Bike Walk Mississippi were present to show their support for the new trail, which is designed to preserve the scenic cultural landscape of the parkway while providing an enjoyable recreational opportunity for the park’s 6 million visitors. Over 500,000 people live in the adjacent Jackson, Mississippi Metropolitan Area. The trail is graded for wheelchair users and is heavily used by visitors and residents.

The project was funded through the Park Roads and Parkways program, administered by the Federal Highway Administration. An additional 5.5 miles of new Multiuse Trail are currently being planned and constructed south of the newly opened section and are due to be completed in the fall of 2012.

Did You Know?

Double arch bridge at mile post 438 on the Natchez Trace Parkway

The double arch bridge at milepost 438 on the Natchez Trace Parkway was completed in 1994 and received the Presidential Award for Design Excellence in 1995 for its innovative design. The bridge rises 155 feet above the valley and eliminates the need for spandrel columns.