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Date: April 27, 2010
Contact: Dr. Lisa McInnis, 662-680-4055

The National Park Service, Natchez Trace Parkway, would like to announce a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) with regard to the crossing of a five-lane major thoroughfare arterial extending and connecting Coley Road from McCullough Boulevard to Highway 78 and Barnes Crossing Road from North Gloster Street to the same location on Highway 78. The project will include a grade-separated crossing near milepost 265, just south of the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center.


The FONSI is a result of an Environmental Assessment, which was performed to analyze potential impacts to the human environment. The analysis resulted in selection of the environmentally-preferred alternative, consisting of construction of a bridge over National Park Service (NPS) lands.  The NPS concluded that this alternative best balances the needs of the traveling public and the resources of the Natchez Trace. This FONSI is specific to the portion of the project crossing the boundaries of the Natchez Trace Parkway only. It does not apply to any other portions of the project outside of National Park Service jurisdiction.


An electronic version of the FONSI document can be found on the NPS’s Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov. This document is located under the Southeast Region, Natchez Trace Parkway.






This document may also be reviewed at the following locations:


    Natchez Trace Visitor Center

    2680 Natchez Trace Parkway

Tupelo, MS 38804


Lee County Public Library

219 N. Madison

Tupelo, MS 38804

Did You Know?

Meriwether Lewis Monument, Natchez Trace Parkway, Tennessee

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.