Alcoa Highway greenway adds link from Knoxville to Smokies

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On the map It may be just 0.6 mile, but Charles Blalock & Sons construction crews just completed a key stretch of the Knox-Blount Greenway.

It is a piece of the puzzle that is a 45-mile long-term project designed to ultimately take pedestrians and cyclists from Knoxville to the Great Smoky Mountains.

“Work on the section began as early as 2003 and the easement for this section was secured in 2010,” said Keith Kirkland, the  Public Building Authority construction manager. “The city and the county worked cooperatively to secure all of the easements from the University of Tennessee.”

The first phase was completed in 2015, a two-mile section from the south side of the J.E. “Buck” Karnes Bridge to Marine Park. Much of the route follows the Tennessee River and passes the University of Tennessee Practice Golf Course and the Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus.  It essentially connects to 18 miles of downtown greenways.

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