Morristown is on track to expand its greenway even further.
City officials announced this week that the greenway project has received almost $1 million from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, which should allow them to build almost half a mile of trail.
“It’s a continued effort to provide recreational activities for people,” Morristown Mayor Gary Chesney said. “That walkway is used a lot.”
The expansion will go from Fulton-Hill Park to Davis Street, officials said. That is approximately 0.45 miles of new trail.
The trail currently starts at the Freddie Kyle Trailhead, heading north on the west side of North Cumberland Street and then crosses to the east side of state Route 343 before stopping at Fulton-Hill Park.
The new section is expected to head northward on the east side of Buffalo Trail for 2,238 feet before ending at Davis Street.
Once completed, the greenway will have new sidewalks, crosswalk striping, pedestrian crossing signals and ADA ramps, officials said.
The city is receiving $949,956. The city of Morristown will have to pay a 5% match.
Tony Cox, Morristown city manager, said the next step will be establishing a formal contract with TDOT. The project will then go through an environmental review and design.
He said that process will take at least a year, if not more, before construction can start.
Eventually, the greenway will go from Fulton-Hill Park to Cherokee Park. The amount of trail still needed to be built to connect the city with the park is around three miles, Cox said. It will take several years before the entire trail comes to fruition.
“We hope that funding sources might allow for bigger phases in the future, but these projects take significant time to be completed,” he said.