• Mt. Holly residents upset over big rig traffic

    By: Erica Bryant

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    MOUNT HOLLY, N.C. - Residents in a Mount Holly neighborhood said 18-wheelers are putting their kids at risk and damaging a road they use every day.

    They've been petitioning town leaders for a weight restriction on North Main Street and on Monday night, they took their concerns to the council.

    Residents said the trucks coming from several industrial facilities in the area are congesting the roadway while leaving potholes.

    In less than a week, more than 155 people signed a petition to present to city leaders.

    “All you're doing is dumping traffic straight into town down here,” resident Wayne Nichols said. “Get it away from the town and get it on down the road.”

    Scott Lilly took their case to City Council asking for an alternate route that would detour the huge trucks away from the residential area -- an idea homeowners said they've been fighting for a long time.

    “The state of North Carolina should use the money they got to build a bypass around here and get the trucks out of here, and we've been waiting 40 years and haven't built a bypass yet.”
     
    Council voted not to take action Monday saying the state has the final authority.
     
    Those who live there said they won't stop pushing to get something done.

    “It's not over yet,” Lilly said. “We still have elections in a year and a half and we can make an election out of it.”

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