The Roanoke River Greenway is getting bigger, oh so slightly.

On Tuesday, the City of Roanoke dedicated the newly constructed Greenway connection.

The Norwich section adds three quarters of a mile from Memorial Avenue to Bridge Street.

City leaders and Greenway supporters used the event to also kick off the "Bridge the Gap" campaign.

It's designed to raise $7,000,000 to complete the Greenway from Roanoke all the way to Salem.

"To have a continuous route so that people in Salem can actually get to Roanoke and people in Roanoke can get to Salem and you can go all across the Valley and then you can even have a marathon on the Greenway," said Greenway Coordinator Liz Belcher.

The Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission has already raised $3,600,000 through corporate and private donors, as well as grant and government funds.

It hopes to have another $3,400,000 raised by the end of 2013.

When it is completed, the Roanoke River Greenway will stretch 18 miles, making it one of the longest urban greenways in the eastern United States.