Linear Park plan tweaked

The Mount Holly City Council approved additions to its Linear Park plans.

Linear Park, the centerpiece of the future Catawba River greenway, will safely connect users from downtown to the Mount Holly Municipal Complex and future legs of the greenway. The council approved a construction agreement with Bell Construction for the project March 28, with hope that the project would start as early as June.

However, Greg Beal, senior planner for the city, recommended that the council make some improvements to the plan. The additions and costs are as followed:
• Improvements to East Catawba Avenue and Highland Street intersection, $254,587.
• Improvements to Highland Street and N.C. 27 intersection, $311,753.
• Catawba Avenue sidewalk between Main and Highland streets, $73,409.
• Catawba Avenue sidewalk between Highland and Hill streets, $52,037.
• Catawba Avenue sidewalk between Hill and Alexander streets, $22,825.
• Central Avenue brick sidewalk, Municipal Lane west to existing brick sidewalk, $87,614.
• Central Avenue sidewalk between Municipal Lane and Highland Street, $15,654.
• Central Avenue sidewalk between Highland and Hill streets, $21,843.
• Highland Street sidewalk between Central Avenue and East Catawba Avenue, $38,842.
• Highland Street sidewalk between Central Avenue and N.C. 27, $14,363.
• Hill Street pavement repair and resurface, $26,588.
• Alexander Street curb/sidewalk between Central Avenue and East Catawba Avenue, $87,019.

On May 9, the council unanimously approved Beal’s recommendations, totaling a little more than $1 million. The city has $554,278.39 remaining in a $1.4 million bond, with $557,446.61 based on the low bid by Bell Construction. The Carolina Thread Trail has given the city $100,000 in grant money.

Plans to realign South Lee Street have been taken off the original plans after the city learned it would not be eligible for federal funding.

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