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Congestion settles in on Charlotte’s roads

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

Officers have cleared up three wrecks that happened within five minutes of each other near Interstate 85, but congestion has settled in on Charlotte’s highways, fueled by a few wrecks.

A stalled vehicle near City Boulevard is causing delays on Interstate 85 South. And a stalled vehicle on the left shoulder of Interstate 77 near Clanton Road was slowing traffic on that highway after rush hour.

And traffic was blocked on Steele Creek Road near I-485 because of a truck that overturned, injuring at least one driver.

Earlier, collisions occurred where the highway meets Statesville Avenue, North Graham Street and Sugar Creek Road. The Statesville Avenue wreck was causing delays on Interstate 77. And the Graham Street wreck was blocking the left lane and causing delays on Interstate 85 South.

South Charlotte traffic tie-ups were another problems for commuters early Thursday.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, something was blocking the road at Johnston Road and Ballantyne Commons Parkway. It was unclear when crews will have the road clear.

A traffic light was malfunctioning on Westinghouse Boulevard at the ramp to Interstate 77 South. But that backup wasn’t impacting traffic flow on the highway.

Starting at 10 a.m., an N.C. Department of Transportation contractor will be conducting resurfacing operations on West Boulevard that will require lane closures. The DOT expects heavy delays between N.C. 49 and I-77.

Thursday’s weather will be in stark contrast to the mild – and even cold – temperatures experienced in Charlotte earlier this week. Meteorologists expect highs in the mid-80s. On Tuesday, Charlotte saw a low of 41 degrees, tying a record set during World War I.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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