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 Reopens 8-Mile Section, South of Ridgeland, MS
Contact: Barry Boyd, 662-680-4020
RIDGELAND, MS - The National Park Service has completed repairs to a damaged section of the Natchez Trace Parkway at milepost 94.9, south of Ridgeland, MS, and will reopen the Parkway to vehicular traffic on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. This section has been closed to motorized vehicles since March 14, 2012, after engineers identified a major safety hazard that had the potential to lead to a collapse of the roadway due to embankment instability. The National Park Service partnered with the Federal Highway Administration to make repairs to the roadway.
The closed section of the Natchez Trace Parkway has remained open to bicyclists during the construction period. When reopened, motorists are reminded adhere to the 3-foot passing requirement when encountering bicyclists on the Parkway. Bicyclists are reminded to ride single file and wear highly visible clothing.
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.