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Today’s traffic: Closures on Central Avenue, Park Road

The morning commute is coming to an end, but portions of Central Avenue and Park Road remain closed in Charlotte.

There also are other problems facing motorists at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Motorists traveling on southbound Interstate 85 between 9 and 9:30 a.m. should watch for moving lane closures between Harris Boulevard and the U.S. 29/N.C. 49 Connector road.

Otherwise, the big problems are on Park Road and Central Avenue.

An overnight wreck left downed power lines, blocking Park Road at Seneca Place. Police have closed Park Road between Mockingbird Lane and Selwyn Road. The road likely will be closed for much of Thursday morning.

And three lanes of Central Avenue are closed at Hawthorne Lane because of a sewer pipe failure. City officials say both inbound lanes and one outbound lane are closed.

Crews at the scene said they are cutting through old trolley lines under the road surface, in order to make repairs. Inbound traffic is being diverted on Pecan Avenue to Seventh Street. Expect delays this morning.

Here is the 9 a.m. update:

Central Avenue, between Hawthorne and Pecan ... Both inbound lanes and one outbound lane closed due to utility problems. Lane closures expected to last for much of the morning.

Park Road, between Selwyn Road and Mockingbird Lane ... Road closed due to downed power lines. Motorists can use South Boulevard as an alternate route, or use Selwyn Road to Woodlawn Road as a detour.

I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph from Brawley School Road (Exit 33) down to Gilead Road (Exit 23).

I-85 southbound, Cabarrus County ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph from George Liles Parkway (Exit 54) down to Mallard Creek Church Road (Exit 46).

Providence Road inbound ... Collision at Wendover Road; moderate delays.

Hawthorne Lane at East 8th Street ... Collision with injuries; moderate delays.

Tyvola Road at Seventy Seven Center, near I-77 ... Collision; moderate delays.

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