Park reopens road, even though it hasn’t been repaired

September 17, 2018

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — A road overlooking the Mississippi River is reopening in Vicksburg after being closed for more than a year, even though landslide damage hasn’t been repaired.

National Park Service officials, in a Wednesday news release, say a recent reassessment by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concluded Louisiana Circle could reopen to small vehicles and pedestrian traffic.

Part of Vicksburg National Military Park, the road accesses a Confederate battery that sat atop a bluff over the Mississippi. It was closed in April 2017 after rains caused part of the bluff to collapse.

Temporary barriers remain along the river side of the roadway to keep visitors away from the damaged area.

The road remains closed to recreational vehicles and buses.

Park Service officials say they’re still seeking full repair of the road.

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