Natchez Trace Parkway selected for Recovery & Reinvestment Act projects

Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 4:37pm
Staff Reports

The National Park Service announced Thursday $750 million in new projects that can be completed across the country with funding from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009.

This major effort includes four projects for the Natchez Trace Parkway. In Tennessee, $4 million is planned to rehabilitate the historic Meriwether Lewis site, and $140,000 will be used to re-stripe 70 miles of parkway center- and edge-line.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for several of our National Parks in the Southeast Region to tackle some of their most critical maintenance needs,” said regional director David Vela. “We look forward to putting these funds to good use as we begin to restore some of America’s most valuable natural and cultural treasures.”

All the projects announced are long-standing priorities of the National Park Service and meet the criteria put forth in the Recovery Act: namely, that a project addresses the Department’s highest priority mission needs; generates the largest number of jobs in the shortest period of time; and creates lasting value for the American public.

A full list of National Park Service projects is available here.