Confederate Ave Road Closure

Confederate Avenue from Fort Hill to Graveyard Road is closed to all vehicle traffic. All other roads, including the rest of Confederate Ave remains open.
 
cracked and sinking road
The damaged section of Confederate Avenue where the soil has washed out and caused the concrete to crack and potentially collapse.
What Happened?
During the heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey, a large section of soil washed out from under the roadbed. Maintenance staff identified that a seven foot deep hole appeared under the full width of Confederate Avenue. The road had begun to crack and danger of collapsing. The road was closed on September 1, 2017.
 
Suggested Tour Routes: Please see a Ranger for a Map
The 300 yard section of Union Ave from Graveyard Road to Grant Ave has been opened to 2-way traffic to provide better traffic flow.

Ideal Tour Suggestion: Begin at the Visitor Center, and proceed up Union Ave and Grant Ave. Return south on Union Avenue and take Graveyard Rd to Confederate Ave. Take Confederate Ave for the remainder of the tour, and then proceed to the USS Cairo Museum through the city of Vicksburg to end your tour. Allow 2 hrs.

Short Tour Suggestion: Take Union Ave to USS Cairo Museum and finish your tour there. Allow 1 hr.

Complete Tour: Take Union Ave to the USS Cairo, exit the park and return to the visitor center. Take Union Ave to Graveyard Road and complete the remainder of Confederate Ave. Allow 3hrs.

Bikes and Pedestrians:
Pedestrians and bicycles are welcome to use the closed section of Confederate Ave. When approaching the damaged section of road, obey all emergency signs, and stay out of the marked hazard area. Bikes and walkers should walk/bike on the grass around the damaged section of road.

What’s Next?
The National Park Service is working to secure funding to repair this important and historic road. No timetable is available for the reopening.

Last updated: September 6, 2017

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