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Traffic update: Congestion building

Congestion is the biggest problem for motorists in the Charlotte region at 7:20 a.m., but there are bigger problems in Iredell County.

The N.C. Highway Patrol and the N.C. Department of Transportation say a wreck on northbound I-77 is causing backups from Statesville northward. The wreck is near mile marker 64, and authorities expect traffic to be snarled until 8 a.m.

Here is the 7:20 a.m. update:

I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Brawley School Road (Exit 35) down to Gilead Road (Exit 23).

I-77 northbound, Iredell County ... Collision at N.C. 901 (mile marker 64); slow traffic expected from I-40 northward until 8 a.m.

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 ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-20 mph from Lawyers Road to Sharon Amity Road.

I-485 inner loop, southern Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Providence Road to South Boulevard.

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

Johnston Road, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Marvin Road to I-485.

Billy Graham Parkway, west Charlotte ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph in each direction between West Boulevard and I-85.

U.S. 321, Gaston County ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-20 mph in each direction betweenm I-85 and Dallas-Cherryville Highway.

Hood Road near Plaza Road Extension ... Collision at 7:10 a.m.; minor delays.

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