ERWIN, Tenn. -

A long-awaited road project in the downtown Erwin received a major funding boost this morning from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced nearly $400,000 is going to the town of Erwin for the Downtown Connector Project.

The money will be used to help build a trail that runs five miles through town.

The project will add sidewalks and connect to the trail that runs to the Unicoi County High School sports complex.