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.