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Friday morning traffic update

The biggest traffic headache in the Charlotte region at 8:50 a.m. is on southbound Interstate 77 near Charlotte’s center city.

A stalled vehicle earlier on I-77 between the Morehead Street interchange and the John Belk Freeway exit has been cleared, but the left-over congestion remains a problem.

Another problem is reported in Cabarrus County, where a downed tree and power lines have blocked N.C. 73 near Winecoff Road. Motorists will need to find an alternate route this morning.

Otherwise, East Independence Boulevard is running smoothly, for the first time since 5:30 a.m. Several wrecks were reported there this morning. One collision, involving a truck, created backups around the Pecan Avenue bridge.

Here is the 8:50 a.m. report:

N.C. 73, west of Winecoff Road ... Downed tree has blocked the road.

Harris Boulevard at Chancellor Park Drive, north Charlotte ... Collision reported at 8:50 a.m.; minor delays.

I-77 northbound, south Charlotte ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Carowinds Boulevard to Woodlawn Road.

I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Providence Road to I-77.

Providence Road inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 10-20 mph from the Arboretum area to Sharon Amity 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-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 25-35 mph from Mooresville down to I-485. Earlier wreck near Gilead Road was cleared quickly.

I-77 southbound, center city Charlotte ... Congestion caused by an earlier stalled vehicle, around mile marker 10.

Wilkinson Boulevard at Alleghany Street ... Collision at 8:25 a.m., with injuries; moderate delays.

Shopton Road at South Tryon Street ... Collision at 8:30 a.m.; minor delays.

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