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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New Paving Increases Greenbelt Safety

Kingsport, TN – Several parts of the Kingsport Greenbelt received an upgrade as new paving was completed to increase the safety of the trail. Over 690 tons of asphalt were laid, greatly increasing not only the quality of the trail in certain spots, but also the safety of the entire 9-mile trail. A smooth surface greatly decreases the chances for a bicycle accident or a runner or child to trip and fall while using the trail.

In the past few months, Public Works Streets and Sanitation crews paved over 5,800 feet of the Greenbelt. Two hundred and thirty seven tons of asphalt were used near the Exchange Place, 143 tons were used at Ravine Street, 116 tons were used on the trail portion parallel to Netherland Inn Road, and 197 tons were used on the trail behind Rush Street Grill. The total cost of the repairs was $39,163.48 and it was funded through the Public Works capital budget. This is one example of how the city is making a concerted effort to focus on taking care of the foundational fundamentals we currently have.

The recent repaving on the Greenbelt is a great enhancement to the quality of our trail,” said Parks and Recreation Director Kitty Frazier. “It is aesthetically pleasing while also providing our users a smooth surface that is both pleasant and safe.

The Kingsport Greenbelt is a fitness trail that stretches across the city. It passes through meadows, along streams and takes trail users by historic sites such as Netherland Inn and Exchange Place.

Kingsport is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the Eastern U.S. This city of 50,000 in a metro of 308,000, was planned by renowned American planner John Nolen in his office at Harvard Square. Located in the lush green foothills of the Tennessee Valley, it is surrounded by the Southern Highlands and mountain lakes. Kingsport is home to Marriott’s and thousands of acres of unique, natural amenities at Bays Mountain and Warriors Path Parks. The natural geography provides a temperate, well-balanced climate with four seasons and a natural shelter from extreme weather. Population growth has also been well-balanced, ensuring you will not outgrow your decision to relocate. With no personal property taxes, special assessments, or state income taxes on salaries/wages, you’ll find that Kingsport has a very low cost of living coupled with an exceptionally high quality of life (see for yourself at The regional airport (TRI) has direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater with easy access, parking, and virtually no security lines. The public education system was planned by Columbia University and Newsweek has repeatedly recognized the local high school as one of the best in America. Year in and year out our graduates go on to the top colleges and universities (and without costly private school tuition fees). Harvard also recognized Kingsport in 2009 with the Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiative. What are you waiting for? It’s time to leave the high costs, traffic jams, and stress behind and discover this hidden gem.