Traffic conditions have deteriorated steadily toward the end of the Thursday morning commute in the Charlotte region, and there are a couple of trouble spots at 9 a.m.
The biggest headache is caused by a disabled truck, affecting southbound motorists on I-85 in Cabarrus County. The truck is near Poplar Tent Road, is blocking the right lane, and is causing several miles of backups.
Two earlier collisions have been moved to the shoulder of southbound I-77 between Huntersville and Charlotte, but those wrecks are causing traffic slowdowns.
And motorists are reminded that the right two lanes on southbound I-77 in York County are closed near mile marker 83. That’s near Sutton Road. Crews are making bridge repairs, and the closure is expected to continue into Friday.
That closure will be a bigger problem for evening commuters than in the morning. But at 9 a.m., there was a 2-mile-long backup on the southbound side.
Here is the 9 a.m. update:
I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion, plus earlier collisions moved to the shoulder near mile markers 23 and 15; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Brawley School Road (Exit 35) down to I-85 (Exit 13).
I-77 southbound, York County ... Bridge repairs have closed the right two lanes near mile marker 83. Backups stretch 2-3 miles at 9 a.m.
I-85 southbound, Cabarrus County ... Disabled truck near Poplar Tent Road, causing 5-mile backups at 9 a.m. Also, congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph from George Liles Parkway (Exit 56) down to Mallard Creek Church Road (Exit 46).
I-485 outer loop, northeast Charlotte ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-30 mph from University City Boulevard to I-85.
Wendover Road southbound near Providence Road... Disabled vehicle; moderate delays.
I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 30-40 mph from Providence Road to I-77.
I-77 northbound, south Charlotte ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Carowinds Boulevard up to Woodlawn Road.
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