Traffic on inbound Randolph Road has been snarled Thursday morning as Duke Energy crews work to repair power lines damaged in an overnight wreck.
The problem also is causing major backups on westbound Sardis Road, because motorists are unable to turn right onto Randolph Road.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police issued a report shortly after 7:30 a.m., saying one inbound lane of Randolph Road had been reopened. But at 8:05 a.m., police at the scene were directing inbound traffic off Randolph, through a neighborhood as a detour.
Outbound lanes are open, however.
Duke Energy crews earlier had said the road could remain closed for several hours, as they worked to repair lines damaged when a vehicle slammed into a power pole shortly after midnight in the 5100 block of Randolph Road, between Rembrandt Circle and Meadowood Lane.
That closed Randolph Road between Sardis and Sharon Amity roads for more than seven hours, shutting down a major throughfare for morning commuters headed to Center City from the southeast side.
Motorists are still encouraged to find alternate routes, as slow traffic is expected for much of the commute.
Police say the left inbound lane of Randolph Road has been opened, however.
The Observers Davie Hinshaw contributed
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