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Today’s traffic: Several wrecks in Charlotte

The area’s interstate highways are quite slow at 8:35 a.m. Monday due to congestion and earlier collisions.

But there are a number of other problems in the Charlotte region.

Police have reported a collision involved a school bus and a private vehicle on The Plaza, a collision on South Church Street in uptown, and a wreck blocking a lane on inbound Brookshire Boulevard.

Meanwhile, crews have cleared an earlier problem in Burke County, where an overnight truck wreck closed a lane of eastbound Interstate 40.

The truck was carrying dog food, and some of the load spilled on the road. The wreck was reported near mile marker 102, in the Morganton area. One of two lanes is closed, and traffic is very slow for about 8 miles west of the crash site.

The 8:35 a.m. update is below:

Road closures

Meanwhile, Charlotte transportation officials say the planned closures of the 200 and 300 blocks of East Seventh, Eighth and Ninth streets have been postponed by a few days. Those closures were to have started today but will begin Wednesday instead.

In addition, city transportation officials say utility conflicts have delayed the reopening of the 600 block of Marsh Road, between Sedgefield Road and Melbourne Court. The road, which was closed last Tuesday morning, was to have reopened late last week. Instead, it will reopen at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Also, motorists approaching Charlotte Douglas International Airport from the Little Rock Road side can expect delays, as construction begins Monday on a new entrance road to the airport. The construction will not affect the Josh Birmingham Parkway off the Billy Graham Parkway. Crews will close the turning lane on Little Rock Road, at the intersection of Old Dowd Road and Wilkinson Boulevard. Motorists coming to the airport in that direction should use Harlee Avenue or Josh Birmingham Parkway.

I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph from Brawley School Road (Exit 35) down to Gilead Road (Exit 23). An earlier wreck near mile marker 27 is slowing things.

I-85 southbound, Cabarrus County ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from George Liles Parkway (Exit 54) down to Mallard Creek Church Road (Exit 46). An earlier disabled vehicle near mile marker 52 is slowing things.

I-485 outer loop, northeast Charlotte ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph from University City Boulevard to I-85.

Independence Boulevard inbound ... Collision moved to the side of the road near Briar Creek Road; traffic moving 10-20 mph from Sharon Amity Road to Briar Creek Road.

I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from near John Street in Matthews to South Boulevard. Traffic slowed by an earlier collision near Rea Road.

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

U.S. 321, Gaston County ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph in both directions between I-85 and Dallas.

Scaleybark Road at Murrayhill Road ... Earlier incident involving a pedestrian struck is being cleared. Pedestrian was hit by a vehicle about 7:10 a.m.; minor to moderate delays.

South Church Street at West Fourth Street ... Collision at 8:20 a.m.; moderate delays.

Johnston Road at Ballantyne Commons Parkway ... Collision at 8:15 a.m.; moderate delays.

Brookshire Drive inbound at Lawton Avenue ... Collision at 8:15 a.m. closing one inbound lane; moderate delays.

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