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Southbound I-85 open again after overnight wreck

Charlotte-area motorists are facing two problems this Friday morning -- on southbound Interstate 85 in north Charlotte, and on Central Avenue.

An overnight wreck involving two tractor-trailers forced authorities to close two of three lanes, between I-485 and Mallard Creek Church Road, for several hours. Crews were able to push the wreckage to the shoulder around 6:45 a.m., which was several hours earlier than expected.

However, traffic is still slow in the area.

On Central Avenue, an overnight wreck near Rosehaven Drive left power lines down. Lanes are closed, and motorists should find an alternate route to Central Avenue.

Here is the 7:20 a.m. update:

I-85 southbound ... Congestion from construction and the overnight truck wreck; traffic moving 10-20 mph from Poplar Tent Road down to near Mallard Creek Church Road.

Central Avenue near Rosehaven Drive ... Overnight wreck left power lines down; lanes are closed, and motorists should find alternate routes.

I-77 northbound, south Charlotte ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph from Carowinds Boulevard to Woodlawn Road.

I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph from the lake down to Exit 23 in Huntersville.

I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-30 mph from Providence Road to South Boulevard.

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