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Today’s traffic: Troubles for I-77, I-485, Independence

This has turned into the bad traffic day for Charlotte-area commuters.

Southbound Interstate 77 already was slowed badly by four separate collisions between Cornelius and Charlotte.

Now there are three separate wrecks on the inner loop of I-485 between Rea Road and South Boulevard.

And a collision on inbound East Independence Boulevard is causing very slow traffic.

In short, expect to arrive late at your destination this morning. And bring along your patience.

The 8:15 a.m. update is below:

Road closures

Motorists who use Little Rock or Old Dowd roads to reach Charlotte Douglas International Airport might want to find an alternate route until mid-November, because crews are building a new airport entrance road.

Workers have closed the turning lane on Little Rock Road at Wilkinson Boulevard and Old Dowd Road, and only local airport traffic can use Old Dowd Road. Commuters are advised to use John Birmingham Parkway or Harlee Avenue to reach the airport.

Northbound Caswell Road will be closed for most of the rest of this week between Fifth and Seventh streets, so crews can do utility work. The closure is scheduled from 9 a.m. Tuesday until 5 p.m. Saturday.

Northbound traffic can detour on East Fifth Street, Hawthorne Lane, Central Avenue, and Pecan Avenue. Motorists can expect delays in the area.

I-77 southbound, north of Charlotte ... Congestion and collisions at mile marker 28, mile marker 22, mile marker 17 and mile marker 12; traffic moving 10-20 mph from Lake Norman to uptown. Consider alternate routes.

I-85 southbound, Cabarrus County ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from George Liles Parkway (Exit 54) down to Mallard Creek Church Road (Exit 46).

Albemarle Road inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Lawyers Road to Sharon Amity Road.

Independence Boulevard inbound ... Collision at the Charlottetowne Avenue exit, with traffic moving 10-20 mph from uptown back out to Albemarle Road.

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

I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion and wrecks near Johnston Road, N.C. 51, and South Boulevard; traffic moving 10-20 mph from south of Matthews to I-77.

I-77 northbound, south Charlotte ... Congestion from an earlier collision near mile marker 2; traffic moving 10-20 mph from northern York County to South Tryon Street exit.

Billy Graham Parkway ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph in both directions between West Boulevard and I-85.

U.S. 321, Gaston County ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-30 mph in both directions between Dallas and I-85.

South Boulevard, south of Sharon Road West ... Collision with a trapped motorist reported at 7:50 a.m.; heavy delays.

Choate Circle at Moss Road ... Multi-vehicle collision reported at 7:55 a.m.; moderate delays.

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