Now's the time to ride the Clinton to Ridgeland stretch:
Natchez Trace Parkway News Release
Release date: March 13, 2012
Contact: Chief of Maintenance Barry Boyd
Phone number: (662)
NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY TO CLOSE 8-MILE SECTION SOUTH OF RIDGELAND, MS
(Milepost 92.9 to 101.1)
The National Park Service will be closing an 8-mile section of the Natchez
Trace Parkway to vehicular traffic on March 14, 2012, due to a major safety
hazard that has developed near milepost 94.8 between Ridgeland, MS, and
Clinton, MS. Engineers have identified the potential for collapse of the
roadway due to instability in the embankment. Over the past year, several
emergency repairs were completed; however, the section has continued to
deteriorate to the point where it is unsafe
for vehicular traffic. (Map
The closure will be in effect between I-55 and US 49. Additional travel
time should be less than 10 minutes.
· Southbound traffic will exit the Parkway at I-55 South (MP 101.1), to
I-220, to US 49 North, where traffic may reenter the Parkway.
traffic will exit the Parkway at US 49 South (MP 92.9), to
I-220 North, to I-55 North, where traffic may reenter the Parkway.
The National Park Service is working with the Federal Highway
Administration to make repairs to the roadway section. The duration of the
closure could exceed one year.
Bicycle traffic will not be affected by the closure. Engineers believe
that a portion of one lane can safely remain open for bicycle traffic.
This is subject to change dependent on future assessments of the road
2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804
Office: (662) 680-4005 Fax: 680-4035