Ad Spot

Millions in federal funds announced for repairs at Vicksburg National Military Park

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith announced Thursday the awarding of more than $22.7 million in emergency relief funding for repairs and reconstruction of federal roadways damaged earlier in the year due to heavy rains and flooding.

Some of those federal roadways included in the measure are damaged roads within the Vicksburg National Military Park.

Among the five Federal Highway Administration awards is $8 million for the National Park Service for needed repairs within the park and the Natchez Trace National Parkway.

Hyde-Smith toured the damage with the Vicksburg National Military Park during a visit to Vicksburg in February.

“Sen. Hyde-Smith has been a true advocate for us since touring the severe damage to the park following storms earlier this year,” said Bess Averett, executive director of the Friends of the Vicksburg National Military Park and Campaign. “This critical funding will help make initial gains in repairing our park road system and restoring our park fully to the public.

“We have a long road ahead due to the extent of the damage, but with the priority and focus given by Senator Hyde-Smith, I am more confident than ever before in a solution,” Averett said. “Seeing support at the highest levels of government for this hallowed ground is a testament to how important this place is to our nation’s history.”   

“Nothing is more important than preserving the graves of those who made this country great,” Hyde-Smith said.

The National Cemetery at the Military Park was closed Feb. 11 after the cemetery’s maintenance crew noticed some cracks appearing in the pavement. Two days later, on Feb. 13, the pavement buckled and failed as the road eroded, and part of the slope degraded.

Severe erosion problems also forced the park to close Grant Avenue and Grant and Sherman Circles to vehicles and pedestrians.

“The severe storms and flooding Mississippi experienced earlier this year claimed lives and caused significant damage to federal properties throughout the state,” Hyde-Smith said in a press release from her office announcing the awarded funds. “Damage to the Vicksburg National Military Park, a historic and economic asset to Warren County, was particularly startling.”

About Tim Reeves

Tim Reeves, and his wife Stephanie, are the parents of three children, Sarah Cameron, Clayton and Fin, who all attend school in the Vicksburg Warren School District. The family are members of First Baptist Church Vicksburg. Tim is involved in a number of civic and volunteer organizations including the United Way of West Central Mississippi and serves on the City of Vicksburg's Riverfront Redevelopment Committee.

email author More by Tim

Local

Varner: Flag is going to make a lasting change forever

Local

Students celebrate lives on ‘Dia de Los Muertos’

Downtown Vicksburg

Attic Gallery’s latest art show moved online, remains open

Local

Riverwalk makes large donation to Children’s of Mississippi

BREAKING NEWS

City’s mask mandate to be extended through at least Dec. 2

Crime

Police continue hunt for murder suspect

Crime

Woman arrested for the shooting death of a Delhi man

Local

Election officials seeing surge in absentee votes ahead of Tuesday’s election

Crime

Community starts to rally around teen who was robbed at gunpoint

Downtown Vicksburg

Flag to fly over Old Highway 80 Bridge in honor of naval service, retirement

Local

Salvation Army announces grand reopening of its thrift store Friday

Crime

Crime reports: 13-year-old’s bicycle stolen at gunpoint

Health

Plan now for safe gatherings over the holidays

Faith

FCA’s Fields of Faith to be broadcast Wednesday

Faith

Lutheran Church of the Messiah organizing annual Germanfest

Business

Officials announce Riverbend Hotel will soon open downtown

Crime

Officers honored for service ‘beyond the call of duty’

Local

Southern Heritage Air Foundation sets Pajamas, Pancakes & Planes

COVID-19

District reports positive cases involving students and school personnel

Crime

Flaggs proposes plan that would allow LD’s to reopen

Crime

Crime reports: Convicted felon throws handgun from car as officers approached

Local

More repairs required at site of large sinkhole

Local

Alcorn State University announces commencement ceremonies 

Local

Retired Hinds president to receive inaugural Hall of Fame award Thursday