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 »
Pavement repairs for the Natchez Trace Parkway
Contact: Rusty Rawson, 662-680-4020
The unusually dry weather this summer has resulted in an uneven road surface at various locations along the Natchez Trace Parkway. This is especially evident for the roadway between Tupelo and Jackson - roughly one hundred and sixty miles – where repairs are urgently needed.
The National Park Service has contracted with Bonds Company, Inc. of Burnsville, Mississippi, for milling and leveling work of the All-American road from north of Mathiston, Mississippi (Parkway milepost 216), to Tupelo, Mississippi (Parkway milepost 266). This repair project is scheduled to begin Monday, September 25, 2006, and is expected to be completed by the end of October.
In addition, Dickerson & Bowen of Brookhaven, Mississippi, will repair the Parkway’s uneven surface between Ridgeland, Mississippi (Parkway milepost 100), and the Ross Barnett Reservoir overlook area (Parkway milepost 115). The National Park Service is finalizing the details for scheduling these repairs and work is expected to begin there soon.
Motorists should be prepared for delays while the repairs are being completed and should be especially aware of construction equipment and workers on the Parkway. Motorists will also encounter loose material and multiple areas of uneven pavement in the two areas under repair and should use additional care and caution in traveling these sections of the Parkway.
Did You Know?
Over 100 different species of trees, including the Dogwood and Redbud, grow along the Natchez Trace Parkway.