Congestion and wrecks have made this a tough morning for commuters in the Charlotte region, and several problems are still being reported at 8:45 a.m.
Congestion is very heavy on Interstate 77 in two spots, and also on inbound Independence Boulevard, Albemarle Road, and Providence Road.
An earlier wreck near South Mecklenburg High School that closed the inbound lanes of Park Road for nearly an hour has been cleared, however.
The details on area traffic at 8:45 a.m.:
-- I-85 southbound, Cabarrus County ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from N.C. 73 down to I-485.
-- I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Collision reported about 8:20 a.m., between Providence and Rea roads; blocking the left lane; heavy congestion; traffic moving 5-20 mph between Matthews and South Boulevard.
-- I-77 northbound, south Charlotte ... Heavy congestion; traffic moving 10-20 mph from Carowinds Boulevard up to Woodlawn Road.
-- I-77 southbound, near Center City ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Trade Street down to Woodlawn Road.
-- U.S. 321 northbound, near I-85 ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from I-85 up to N.C. 75.
-- Independence Boulevard inbound ... Collision reported about 8:25 a.m., between Albemarle Road and Eastway Drive; heavy congestion slowing traffic to 5-15 mph from Sharon Amity Road to Eastway Drive.
-- Albemarle Road inbound ... Congestion, due to the wreck on Independence Boulevard; traffic moving 10-20 mph from Sharon Amity Road to Independence Boulevard.
-- Providence Road inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Fairview Road to Wendover Road.
-- Mallard Creek Church Road at I-85 ... Collision; moderate delays.
-- Mallard Creek Road at West Mallard Creek Church Road ... Collision; moderate delays.
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