Gallatin City Planner Bill McCord

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Gallatin has been awarded a $950,000 grant to help build a portion of greenway along Nashville Pike in front of Volunteer State Community College.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) notified officials on June 15 that the city had been awarded a Multimodal Access Grant for the project. The city will be responsible for $50,000 in matching funds.

“This is an area of town that has a lot going on, particular when you look at… the number of students that use the college,” Mayor Paige Brown said. “As more and more (amenities) come online in that area I think we’ll see more residents and students using it.”

As part of the project, officials plan to build a 12-foot-wide section of greenway that will extend approximately a half-mile from the intersection of Greensboro Drive to an existing sidewalk near Gap Boulevard. The project is expected to take several years to complete.

With half of all trips in the United States being three miles or less, the state-funded grant program was created to support the transportation needs of pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users through infrastructure projects that address existing gaps along state routes, according to TDOT’s website.

The new portion of greenway along Nashville Pike is part of a larger project in the works that will eventually connect Gallatin and Hendersonville, Gallatin City Planner Bill McCord said. Future sections are expected to extend west through Nat Caldwell Park to Big Station Camp Boulevard and will tie into the existing Station Camp Greenway.

“There is a big, long project that is being done in many phases and this is one of them,” McCord said. “We’re trying for grants to get this built, so it’s going to be a slow process.”