The big traffic problem Friday morning in the Charlotte region continues to be on northbound Interstate 85 in Gaston County.
Two lanes of northbound I-85 were closed overnight between Cox Road (Exit 21) in Gastonia and the Belmont Abbey interchange (Exit 26). The roadwork was completed about 6:45 a.m., but long traffic backups had formed by that time. And the problem has not improved a great deal during the morning commute.
Here is the situation at 8 a.m.
I-85 northbound, Gaston County ... Congestion due to earlier construction; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Gastonia up to Belmont.
I-85 southbound, Cabarrus County ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from N.C. 73 down to I-485.
I-77 northbound, south Charlotte ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph from Carowinds Boulevard up to Woodlawn Road.
I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-30 mph from the lake down to I-485.
Independence Boulevard inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 10-15 mph from Village Lake Drive to Idlewild Road.
Harris Boulevard at Robinson Church Road ... Collision reported at 7:15 a.m., with injuries; wreck being cleared at 7:50 a.m.; minor delays.
North Tryon Street near Harris Boulevard ... Collision; minor delays.
South Boulevard at Bland Street ... Collision reported about 7:30 a.m.; moderate delays.