Elizabethton nears completion on canopy renovation project

Workers replace bricks around one of the columns on Elizabethton's downtown canopies. (WCYB/Caleb Perhne)

Elizabethton is in the final stages of a $540,000 project to renovate the downtown's canopies.

The canopies were originally installed over Elizabethton's sidewalks in the 1970s as a part of an urban renewal project.

After more than four decades, the canopies were leaking water. The city contracted with Leonard Roofing of Bristol for the work.

"Because of all the leakage in them, it used to make the sidewalks really wet,” resident Danetta Oliver said. “I think it's great that they're redoing them.”

The roofing company added rubber to the roofs and replaced drain pipes inside the columns.

Business owners and residents said the benefit of the canopies is the shelter they provide from the weather.

"Especially when there's a downpour or if it's snowing, when the weather is like that, it makes a difference because your customers can come through the door,” business owner Cathy Shoun said.

There is just one block left where the canopies need repair. The city plans to finish that work in the next fiscal year.

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