KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

Kingsport's linear park known as the Greenbelt will be getting a little bit bigger with the help of a Tennessee Department of Transportation grant.

The new extension will run from Reedy Creek near the Exchange Place to Cleek Road, where a trailhead will be located at a cost of more than $700,000.

The grant is made possible through a federal program that is administered by the Department of Transportation.

The extension of the popular hiking and biking trail has always been a part of the master plan since the 1970s.

"The master plan identified early on that exchange place was and anchor point so was netherland inn on the west side of town," said Kitty Frazier with Parks & Recreation. "So we have two historic sites that are very important to Kingsport, and we'll be adding those into the trail. It's a great connection to see the past of Kingsport and the future."

The project should be complete in about two years.