Sequestration Effects on the Parkway
On March 1, 2013, the Parkway was required to reduce its annual budget by five percent, in accordance with the sequestration provision of the Budget Control Act of 2011. Click the link to learn about visitor center, restroom, and services impacts. More »
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 »
NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY Coley Road
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?
Over 100 different species of trees, including the Dogwood and Redbud, grow along the Natchez Trace Parkway.