Several collisions and increasing congestion are causing problems for Charlotte-area motorists at 8:40 a.m. Thursday.
Earlier problems on I-485 in west Charlotte and on inbound East Independence Boulevard have been cleared.
But there are two collisions in Huntersville on Sam Furr Road and on Gilead Road at Statesville Road.
The good news for motorists is the opening of one lane in each direction on Carowinds Boulevard. That road had been closed, between Choate Circle and South Tryon Street, since a 12-inch water main broke early this week.
Crews were able to finish enough repairs overnight to reopen one lane in each direction. Traffic remains slow, however, and motorists can consider using alternate routes.
Here is the 8:40 a.m. update:
I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph from Exit 35 (Brawley School Road) down to Exit 19 (I-485).
I-85 southbound, Cabarrus County ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph from Exit 54 (George Liles Parkway) down to Exit 46 (Mallard Creek Church Road).
Albemarle Road inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 10-20 mph from Lawyers Road to Sharon Amity Road.
Providence Road inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph from the Arboretum up to Wendover Road.
I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Providence Road to I-77.
I-77 northbound, south Charlotte ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Carowinds Boulevard up to Exit 7 (Clanton Road).
Billy Graham Parkway ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph in both directions between West Boulevard and I-85.
Sam Furr Road at Westmoreland Road, Huntersville ... Collision at 8:30 a.m.; moderate delays.
Gilead Road at Statesville Road, Huntersville ... Collision at 8:25 a.m.; moderate delays.
Steele Creek Road near Westinghouse Boulevard ... Second collision of the morning in this area; minor delays.
Mallard Creek Church Road at Mallard Creek Road ... Earlier collision being cleared; minor delays.
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