US Army Corps of Engineers
Vicksburg District

Scenic Route 304 (Pratt Road) to Close In Tate County

Published March 29, 2016
The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana that holds seven major river basins and incorporates approximately 460 miles of mainline levees. The district is engaged in hundreds of projects and supports disaster response in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana that holds seven major river basins and incorporates approximately 460 miles of mainline levees. The district is engaged in hundreds of projects and supports disaster response in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

VICKSBURG, MISS… Due to anticipated heavy rain, Pratt Road will close at noon on March 30, 2016. Pratt road (State Scenic Route 304) is in Tate County near Arkabutla Lake and is below the overflow spillway.   

This closure will cease all public access from Tate County past the dam to points north and west. The expected duration of closure is unknown at this time. 

Crews will begin to remove the approximately 200 feet of concrete barriers which line both sides of the road as it crosses the spillway.

 As of Tuesday afternoon, the lake was at 238.2 feet which is approximately 1 tenth of a foot below the spillway.  Additional rain which is forecast in the basin for the next 48 hours increases the likelihood that water will begin flowing over the spillway.

 Additionally, several boat ramps are closed to high water including Highway 51 Ramp, Coldwater Point Ramp and Pleasant Hill Ramp.  These ramps will reopen as soon as lake levels allow.

 Although the primary mission of Arkabutla Lake is flood damage risk reduction, approximately 855,000 individuals visit Arkabutla Lake annually to enjoy the camping, playgrounds, swimming areas, several types of trails, fishing, boat ramps and marinas.  The lake traffic brings $14,000,000 annually to the local economy and supports almost 250 jobs. Arkabutla Lake is one of the four lakes in Mississippi maintained and operated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District.  Information on Corps lakes and recreational areas can be found on the Vicksburg District Operations Division’s website at http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/lakes/


Contact
Greg Raimondo
601-631-5053
gregory.c.raimondo@usace.army.mil

Release no. 16-012