Section of Natchez Trace Parkway back open in Tupelo

Phase One of paving between mileposts 257 and 262.5 began on July 19 and was completed on Saturday, Oct. 9.

Posted: Oct 11, 2021 10:50 AM
Updated: Oct 12, 2021 9:48 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A section of the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tupelo reopened during the weekend after crews completed a phase of a massive repaving project.

Phase One of paving between mileposts 257 (near U.S. Highway 278) and 262.5 (near Chickasaw Village Site) began on July 19 and was completed on Saturday, Oct. 9. This section of the Parkway is now open.

Natchez Trace Parkway sign in Tupelo, Mississippi. Photo Date: Oct. 11, 2021.

Phase Two of paving between mileposts 262.5 to 266.1 (at Visitor Center) is scheduled to begin the week of Monday, Oct. 11. This phase is expected to last approximately two months.

Local drivers are happy to hear that part of the natchez trace parkway that closed back in July is now open again.

When the Natchez Trace Parkway closed on July 19th for phase one of a paving project, it caught driver Amanda Caldwell by surprise.

“I literally went to my typical exit and realized it was closed," said Caldwell.

She wasn’t the only one. James Richey said without taking the trace, his driving route was longer.

“I have to come all the way up to Tupelo then go up 45, then I hit the trace right up there in about 7 or 8 minutes," said Richey.

Caldwell said despite the new upcoming closure, she looks forward to having a part of the trace open again.

“It cuts out about 20 minutes of my driving time every morning. Not only will I be thrilled, my boss will be more than thrilled because even though it’s been a while, I still forget that it’s closed,"said Caldwell.

RelatedBusy section of Natchez Trace in Tupelo to be closed for many months

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