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Greenbelt extends to Rotherwood

Kingsport Greenbelt extends to Rotherwood
Matthew Lane • Jul 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM

KINGSPORT — The rain stayed away just long enough on Friday for city and state officials to cut the ribbon on the newest section of the Kingsport Greenbelt.

Mayor John Clark proclaimed at the beginning of a press conference Friday morning that the Rotherwood Greenbelt extension was a result of the teamwork that exists in Kingsport.

“That’s what makes things happen,” Clark said before a small crowd of city staff, state officials and members of the media. “We not only want to have a trail. We want to have the best trail in the region.”

The newest section of the Kingsport Greenbelt to which Clark was referring is the Rotherwood extension — a 1,200-foot-long path with wooden boardwalks built underneath the two Rotherwood bridges on Netherland Inn Road. The Greenbelt loops up the banks on both sides of the Holston River and extends to Rotherwood Drive.

Workers recently put the finishing touches on the expansion, a project that dates back more than five years. Kingsport received a $652,000 grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation for the extension. Three change orders to the project bumped the total cost of the extension up to $713,000 with Kingsport covering the difference.