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Infrastructure & Public Enterprise


Major expansion and maintenance of the local street system are primarily the responsibility of the City. Major expansion and maintenance of the primary and secondary highways of the State system are the responsibility of the North Carolina Department of Transportation.


The City's location offers easy access to Interstates 85, 77, and 40, connecting the area with all parts of North Carolina, and through the interstate highway system, to all regions of the United States. North Carolina Highways 150, 274, and 279 intersect in the City, providing additional access to the region. U.S. Highways 321 and 74 are nearby. Cherryville provides an ideal location for distribution of goods due to its unique location within a 45 minute drive of nine county seats, including the North Carolina counties of Gaston, Mecklenburg, Lincoln, Cleveland, Catawba, Rutherford, and Burke and the South Carolina counties of Cherokee and York.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is six miles from the County boundary and 45 minutes from Cherryville. There are more than 520 flights scheduled daily by eleven airlines to locations throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.

Freight rail service in Cherryville is provided by CSX Railroad.

Public Enterprises

The City furnishes water and sanitary sewer services to residents of the City and adjacent areas. The City also owns and operates an electric distribution system which provides electric service within the City. PSNC Energy provides services for natural gas users throughout the region.


There remains ample water and wastewater capacity to meet the needs of the current customer base as well as new and expanding business and industry. The City of Cherryville, in conjunction with the Gaston County Economic Development Commission, has a policy of providing the necessary public infrastructure to support new development and expanding business and industry.

Water System

The City operates a filtration plant and approximately 25 miles of distribution system that provides potable water to the City's citizens and to some County residents. The raw water supply is Indian Creek and a 10 million gallon raw water reservoir. The capacity of the treatment plant is 3.2 million gallons per day. The current average daily consumption is 1.0 million gallons per day. The City has a 2.0 million gallon per day storage capacity.


The City has an existing agreement with the City of Lincolnton to provide up to 2.0 million gallons of finished water per day on an as needed basis via an existing interconnection between the two systems.

Sanitary Sewer System

The City maintains approximately 35 miles of sewer mains and operates one wastewater treatment plant using the activated sludge process. The plant capacity is 2.0 million gallons per day. The average daily consumption is approximately 650,000 gallons per day.


Electric System

The City maintains approximately 30 miles of electrical distribution lines. The City operates as a public power entity through its membership in the North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1, a joint agency of the State of North Carolina which owns capacity in the Catawba Nuclear Station in York County, South Carolina. The City also maintains, through Agency Number 1, an agreement with Duke Power Company to ensure an uninterrupted power supply for the City's municipal customers.


Solid Waste Disposal

The City provides for the collection of solid waste from residences and small commercial sites within the City and disposes of waste at the County Landfill, for which the City currently pays a tipping fee based on tonnage delivered. The County Landfill has an estimated remaining life of twenty-five (25) years, assuming continuation of the current rate of solid waste disposal.

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