FLOYD, Va. -

There's a new trail in the town of Floyd that hopes to connect neighbors and make it easier to get around. 

In case you didn't know, Floyd isn’t all that big. Just 427 people make up the place.

You won't find many chain stores there and for seven years, the town says it's been trying to build a walking trail to bring it all a little closer. 

Lance Terpenny is the town manager. Terpenny says the first phase of the Heritage Pathway is about three blocks long and looks great. That's all good except for that special coating the contractor was asked to put on at the end.

"That process itself tended to make the surface a little slick when it's wet. It's perfectly fine when it's dry but when it's wet it's a little slick because it sort of has a shine into it," Terpenny said.

The first phase of the trail is almost completely done. Two more are planned. The price tag sits at half a million dollars, which part of a federal grant. I asked Margaret Mende what she thought of new trail.


"I think it's a good thing because you don't have to go out in the road to walk,” Mende said. "The only thing I don't like is it's slick when your feet is wet. You go in the wet grass and then you step on it, it is a little slick and you have to slow down.”


The contractor said he did the work the right way the first time, and refused to do any more work for free.

The town says at that point, it decided to just pay the extra $4,000 and have the contractor put on a gritty coating. Terpenny says he's waiting to get assurances from the contractor that the 'fix' will get the job done once and for all.

"[The contractor] says that stuff will weather well and it'll become more abrasive and less slippery as weather and traffic gets on it, but we just didn't want to wait for that to happen," Terpenny said.

The entire Heritage Pathway should be completed in about two years.