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Monday morning traffic update

Streets are wet, and there are plenty of traffic problems at 7:50 a.m. Monday for Charlotte-area motorists.

An overnight wreck has knocked down power lines and forced the closure of Idlewild Road, for through traffic between East W.T. Harris Boulevard and East Independence Boulevard. The wreck scene is at Highland Road, so local traffic can negotiate around that.

But with Idlewild Road closed, motorists will have fewer options to reach uptown Charlotte from the southeast suburbs.

Independence Boulevard and the Lawyers Road-Albemarle Road corridor will be the alternate routes.

Here is the 7:50 a.m. summary:

Idlewild Road, near Harris Boulevard ... Overnight wreck knocked down a power pole; road closed between Harris Boulevard and Independence Boulevard.

Independence Boulevard inbound ... Congestion, due to extra traffic off Idlewild Road; traffic moving 10-20 mph from Village Lake Drive to Idlewild Road.

Harris Boulevard at Independence Boulevard ... Collision reported about 7:15 a.m., on approach to Independence; moderate delays.

I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Providence Road to South Boulevard.

I-77 south, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Mooresville down to Exit 23 in Huntersville.

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 15-20 mph from Carowinds Boulevard to I-77.

Ballantyne Commons Parkway at Providence Road ... Collision reported about 7 a.m., involving injuries; moderate delays.

OId Concord Road at McLean Road ... Police clearing an earlier wreck; minor delays.

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