Connectivity and Transportation (Chapter 2)
The City of Mount Holly has experienced significant growth through the development of new residential subdivisions and geographic expansion through annexation. According to the US Census, the population in 1990 was 7,970. Today, over 15,600 call Mount Holly home. Given its proximity to Charlotte, the city is expected to continue to grow, inevitably accompanied by more people driving on the roads, more people in search of convenient ways to travel around the city, and more demand for transportation amenities. In order to maintain the quality of life for which Mount Holly is recognized while supporting future growth, the City must plan for future transportation needs.
Mount Holly is blessed with several major transportation corridors nearby, which enables regional tourism and convenient access to Gastonia and Charlotte for working commuters. The City, NCDOT, and the Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization (GCLMPO) are planning future investments to support growing motorized vehicle, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic. NC 273 (South Main Street), which connects motorists to Interstate 85, currently serves 18,000 to 24,500 vehicles per day, with projections of future traffic as high as 42,000 vehicles per day (approx. 1% growth per year, plus additions from new development along the corridor). NCDOT is currently constructing improvements to add additional capacity to a portion of NC 273, which includes widened outside lanes to accommodate bicycle traffic (NCDOT S.T.I.P Project U-3633).
Mount Holly is blessed with a number of completed bicycle and pedestrian projects, including the Mount Holly Linear Park Trail (0.3 miles), the Mountain Island Park Trail (1.6 miles), and the Catawba Riverfront Greenway at Tuckaseege Park (1.0 miles). Also, a number of additional bicycle and pedestrian projects and studies are proposed and planned, including expansion of the Catawba Riverfront Greenway, a bridge study across the Catawba River to connect with Charlotte (EB-5749), a sidewalk along Tuckaseege Road (EB-5912 and 5914), and additional sidewalks along NC 273 (EB-5746) and Beaty Road (EB-5748).