Transportation Planning

"As we grow, we will develop a safe and expanded transportation network while promoting active living through walking, biking, and other recreational opportunities." This quote can be found in Mount Holly's Vision Statement, and it reflects the importance of having an effective transportation system for the economic and social wellbeing of the community. The goal is to achieve a balanced system that meets the needs of people of all ages and abilities, while also meeting the needs of businesses, industry, and area employers.

Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization

The City is an active member of the Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization (GCL-MPO), a multi-jurisdictional entity made up of 17 voting member governments, NCDOT, USDOT, and other providers of transportation services.  In July of 2013, the MPO-boundary area expanded to a tri-county area, which includes Gaston, Cleveland, and Lincoln.  All Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are responsible for planning, programming and coordination of transportation issues and federal highway and transit investments in their respective areas. The GCLMPO is housed and staffed by the City of Gastonia, which is the lead planning agency for the MPO.

MPO Organization

MPO Board - The MPO Board is the governing policy board for the Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization (GCLMPO). Membership includes elected officials from each of the participating jurisdictions, the area's representative on the Board of Transportation, an advisory non-voting member from FHWA, and other members as may be designated by the MOU. The MPO Board provides policy direction for the planning process, facilitates communication and coordination among the member jurisdictions and guides the development of a comprehensive multi-modal transportation program for the urban area. The MPO Board directs the 3-C process through its annual review and approval of the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP); the MPO's Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP), and through review and approval of changes to the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).

The MPO Board meets the fourth Thursday of every other month at 6:30 PM. For more information on location, please call 704-866-6837.

Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) - The TCC is comprised of staff representatives of the various member governments, NCDOT, FHWA, and other agencies with an interest in transportation planning. The TCC has the responsibility of supervising and coordinating the 3-C process by making technical recommendations to the MPO Board on decisions required pertaining to that process.

The TCC meets the second Wednesday of every other month at 10:00 AM. For more information on location, please call 704-866-6837.

Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln MPO Website:

Pavement Condition Survey

he Planning Division coordinates with the Street and Solid Waste Department and the City Engineer in an effort to oversee the Pavement Condition Survey (PCS) on City streets. The Pavement Condition Survey was conducted in 2011, and is typically updated every 3 to 5 years. Prior to the latest Study, the last PCS was completed in 2008. The goal of the Pavement Condition Survey is to review areas of need on City streets and prioritize those needs for repaving and road repair projects. A new PCS has been completed and for more information, please contact the Streets & Solid Waste Department.

Comprehensive Pedestrian Master Plan

In 2012, the City was awarded a matching grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Bicycle and Pedestrian Division. The Plan was adopted in August of 2013, and it identifies infrastructure improvements for pedestrians in Mount Holly. The City is very committed to becoming a pedestrian-friendly community, and beyond physical improvements, the Pedestrian Master Plan outlines policies and programs to help encourage people to walk more often.

Catawba River Corridor Plan

In early 2007, the Mount Holly Community Development Foundation funded a greenway master plan, aptly named the Catawba River Corridor Plan.  The chosen consultant, Greenways Incorporated, then worked with key Foundation members and City staff to identify best routing, access and destination points and trail surface material for an 8-mile corridor along the Catawba River in Mount Holly. In September 2007, City Council adopted the Catawba River Corridor Plan, which recognizes the Catawba River as a resource to be protected and utilized for future generations. The Plan identifies goals to provide a greenway system along this 8-mile stretch of the River. When completed, the Catawba River Greenway will connect people to their past, provide recreational and alternative transportation options and protect the remainder of the relatively untouched places along the Catawba River.

A half-mile, 10-foot wide, paved section of this greenway system was constructed along the Catawba River at Tuckaseege Park in the spring of 2010.  Another section of the greenway was constructed in 2012 as part of the Linear Park Project in Downtown Mount Holly. In 2014, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), through the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), will award $800,000 in funding to the City for construction of a 1.2-mile segment of the Catawba River Greenway. Phase 1 of the Catawba River Greenway, when constructed, will connect the existing segment in Tuckaseege Park to the existing segment in Downtown Mount Holly. A future phase of the greenway, otherwise known as the Northern Leg, will extend roughly 2.3 miles from River Street Park to an existing 1.2-mile [loop], gravel trail in Mountain Island Park. All portions of the Catawba River Greenway and Linear Park are part of the Carolina Thread Trail, a planned, 15-county network of trails and greenways.

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