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 »
Natchez Trace Parkway begins Repair-Resurfacing Project
Contact: Rusty Rawson, 662-680-4020
Natchez Trace Parkway begins Repair/Resurfacing Project
Milepost 240 to 266, Chickasaw, Pontotoc and Lee Counties, Mississippi
Natchez Trace Parkway Acting Superintendent Stennis Young announces that resurfacing work is expected to begin Monday, April 21, 2008, on a 26-mile section of the Parkway between Mississippi State Highway 32 (milepost 240) and the Visitor Center (milepost 266). Work will consist of milling the existing surface of the parkway and the overlay of the milled surface with two lifts or layers of asphaltic concrete. During the construction period motorists will be required to drive on milled surfaces and on uneven traffic lanes which will necessitate slower speeds. Single lane closures will be necessary throughout the project area and delays should be expected. Alternate routes are encouraged for the duration of the project. Motorists are urged to drive with caution, watch for construction workers and equipment, and obey all traffic signs. The entire project is expected to be completed in late summer, 2009. Bonds Company, Inc. is the contractor for the project.
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.