Closed section of Natchez Trace to reopen
Monday, November 5, 2012 5:53 AM
The National Park Service has completed repairs to a damaged section of the Natchez Trace Parkway at milepost 94.9, south of Ridgeland and will reopen the Parkway to vehicular traffic on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
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 remained open to bicyclists during the construction period. When reopened, the Natchez Trace Parkway will be accessible to all non-commercial vehicles including bicycles.
The three-foot rule applies to motorists attempting to pass bicyclists on the Parkway. Bicyclists on the Natchez Trace Parkway are required to ride single file and wear highly visible clothing. Ridgeland bicyclists are encouraged to use the adjacent Multiuse Trail and avoid the Natchez Trace Parkway during the hours of 7-9 a.m. and 4- 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.