Keeping it Green: Greenway takes directional shift thanks to grant money by TDOT
by Cameron Fisher Cleveland/Bradley Greenway Board
Jul 14, 2013 | 655 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last Thursday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was in town to make a very special presentation. He presented two oversized checks to our community. They were grants from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Our Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway was one of the lucky recipients of those “big checks” as our community was awarded $495,978 from TDOT via special delivery from our governor.

The grant is the result of an application submitted by our city leaders and will result in the first true “connection” off of our four-mile Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. While the longterm goal remains for the Greenway to go from the Village Green to the Hiwassee River, the funds received from this grant will go toward an extension and/or connector from Tinsley Park to North Ocoee Street.

The new path, let’s call it “The Tinsley-Ocoee Spur,” will begin (or end) at the current Greenway in Tinsley Park at the pedestrian bridge where it crosses Mouse Creek. It will continue east around the main ballfields following Fillauer Branch, which empties into Mouse Creek near that location. The spur will leave Tinsley Park at the Keith Street entrance where it will travel under Keith toward the Bi-Lo Shopping Center. It will continue to follow Fillauer Branch, until connecting with a new sidewalk near Logan’s and paralleling Ocoee Crossing. The spur will terminate at the corner of North Ocoee Street and Ocoee Crossing. New sidewalks on the west side of North Ocoee are also part of the project.

The spur will add about a quarter mile of new Greenway, but best of all, when completed, it will allow hundreds more families easy access to the Greenway from their homes. For example, residents of Edgewood subdivision will only have to cross one street (Ocoee Crossing) and they will have uninterrupted access to the full Greenway.

A primary goal of the Greenway project has always been to provide a safe way to access the Greenway. This new spur brings the Greenway much closer, allowing the hundreds of families of the Blythe Ferry and Bowman Hills areas a way to connect as well. Ideally, there would be passage under heavily trafficked North Ocoee Street, but for the near future, this grant will also provide at-grade crossings with marked crosswalks.

Well, the money is in hand for this next Greenway expansion, but the construction won’t begin for some time, as much design, engineering and other paperwork must be completed and approved at the state level. This is a huge grant and we thank everyone, starting with the grant writers and ending with our governor.

There will be others to thank along the way as we begin this next exciting Greenway journey!



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