Project Connects Two-Mile Corridor of Bike and Pedestrian Trails and Streetscaping
Gallatin – The City of Gallatin is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, June 1st at 9 a.m. officially announcing completion of the Town Creek Greenway. The project achieves the long-term goal of connecting three sections of Greenways together into one unified walking trail.
“This has been a part of the plan to revitalize the city and give everyone easy access to exercise, restaurants, and enjoy downtown entertainment,” said Paige Brown, Gallatin Mayor. “It’s really exciting to add another beautiful attraction to the city that can be enjoyed by everyone for years to come.”
Construction of the Town Creek Greenway corridor connects two previously completed greenway projects. The city began the project in 2004, and built a walkway from the entrance of Triple Creek Park to Barton/Perolee. The second phase was finished in 2012 and continued the pedestrian and bicycle route to Wilmore Street. The last section continues from Wilmore to a trailhead at College Street and continues to N. Water and Franklin Street. The development of the Town Creek Greenway also allowed the city to add new sidewalks, landscape islands, decorative lighting, and paving on N. Water from E. Eastland to Franklin.
Development of the greenway system was made possible through a federally-funded program administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation where 84%, or approximately $4,620,000, was paid by state and federal grants. The city’s share was 16% or approximately $880,000.
“Transportation enhancement grants provide cities the opportunity to fund the restoration of bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping, streetscaping and other non-traditional transportation projects,” said TDOT Deputy Commissioner Toks Omishakin. “The new greenway provides bicyclists and pedestrians a safer passage for traveling along Town Creek without having to drive a car.”
City officials along with delegates from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Department of Health will hold a ribbon cutting on June 1st at 9 a.m at the Town Creek Greenway at the corner N. Water Avenue and E. Eastland Avenue.
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Posted on: 25 May, 2016