Wet streets seem to be contributing to the larger-than-usual number of traffic problems this Monday morning across the Charlotte region.
Overnight rain, disabled vehicles and collisions are conspiring to cause numerous delays in the area.
The most recent problem is a five-vehicle collision on the ramp from southbound Interstate 77 to the Brookshire Freeway. At 8:45 a.m., the vehicles were on the left shoulder of the ramp, and there were considerable delays.
Rain fell during most of the night, and it’s expected to continue throughout the day. In addition to wet streets, motorists on secondary roads also will deal with a few spots where fallen wet leaves will create slippery conditions.
The summary of problems at 8:45 a.m.:
-- I-77 southbound ramp to Brookshire Freeway.... Five-vehicle collision around 8:30 a.m. Vehicles are on the left side of the ramp. Slowdowns extend about a half-mile.
-- I-77 southbound, north Mecklenburg ... Congestion delays; average speeds of 10 to 15 mph from Davidson down to Huntersville Exit 23.
-- I-77 southbound, Mooresville ... A wreck with injuries reported near Exit 33. About 3 miles of backups are reported.
-- I-85 southbound, Cabarrus County ... Congestion delays; average speeds of 20 mph near Poplar Tent Road and Bruton Smith Boulevard.
-- I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Heavy congestion, with average speeds of 10 to 15 mph between Providence Road and I-77.
-- Albemarle Road at Central Avenue ... A collision with minor to moderate delays.
-- Johnston Road at Carmel Road ... A collision with moderate delays.
-- University City Boulevard near Harris Boulevard ... An earlier collision is still causing moderate delays. Average inbound speeds are 25 mph.
-- Park Road at Gleneagles Road ... A collision is being cleared; only minor delays.
-- The Plaza at East W.T. Harris Boulevard ... A collision; minor to moderate delays.
-- 7th Street at North Caldwell, uptown ... A collision is being cleared; minor delays.