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Wednesday morning traffic update

The big traffic story this Wednesday morning is the scheduled closing of several uptown Charlotte streets, in preparation for the start of the annual Food Lion Speed Street festival.

Those closings will take effect at 9:30 a.m., so motorists won’t have to change their driving habits during the morning commute.

Otherwise, traffic is the big headache for commuters this morning.

Here is the 8:45 a.m. summary:

I-77 northbound, south Charlotte ... Congestion; traffic moving 30-35 mph from Carowinds Boulevard up to Woodlawn Road.

I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph from Providence Road to South Boulevard.

Providence Road inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from the Arboretum to Wendover Road.

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

Albemarle Road inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 10-20 mph from Lawyers Road to Sharon Amity Road.

I-485 outer loop, northeast Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from University City Boulevard to I-85.

I-85 southbound, Cabarrus County ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph from George Liles Parkway (Exit 56) down to Mallard Creek Church Road.

I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Mooresville down to I-485.

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