Bridge work to cause delays on Natchez Trace

town_tupelo_greenDaily Journal reports

TUPELO – Work on a Coley Road Extended bridge will cause traffic delays on the Natchez Trace Parkway this week.

Parkway officials say that construction on the Barnes Crossing Bridge over the parkway at milepost 265 will require stopping traffic on both lanes on theParkway for very short periods of time from Tuesday through Friday.

“Traffic will be stopped so that the temporary beams used to construct the bridge can be removed,” said parkway superintendent Mary Risser. “Delays should last a few minutes while the contractor removes one beam, and then traffic will be allowed to pass. This will be repeated until all of the temporary beams are removed.

“While we regret this temporary inconvenience, this action is essential to get the bridge open.”

Parkway travelers should be aware of possible delays and are advised to use caution around the work area.

The $10.5 million bridge is the final link in the “northern loop” of the Major Thoroughfare Program. The new roadway, Coley Road Extended, will cross Town Creek bottom, intersect with Mount Vernon Road and cross the Trace on another new bridge that’s scheduled for completion in late spring.

Coley Road Extended will connect to Barnes Crossing Road, providing a new route for traffic off U.S. 78 to get to Barnes Crossing commercial district.