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Today’s traffic: Delays in Ballantyne due to VP’s visit

Congestion and collisions aren’t the only traffic problems today in the Charlotte region.

Vice President Joe Biden is in town for the day, and authorities say that will mean some traffic slowdowns.

Biden is in the Charlotte area for a fund raising speech. Authorities have not said where he will be speaking, but the Observer has received several reports of heavy police activity and detours near the Ballantyne Hotel on Friday morning. Motorists should avoid that area if possible.

At 8:45 a.m., several motorists reported near-gridlock conditions on Johnston Road and on nearby roads, such as Ballantyne Commons Parkway and the I-485 interchange.

The motorcade taking Biden to and from the event will force temporary road closures. Motorists can expect those closures Friday morning and again later in the afternoon.

Otherwise, a few collisions are being reported on Charlotte-area roads.

The biggest headache is congestion, caused by heavy traffic on interstates 77, 85 and 485.

Here is the 8:45 a.m. update:

Ballantyne area ... Detours and delays, apparently due to the visit of Vice President Joe Biden.

I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph from Brawley School Road (Exit 35) 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).

Albemarle Road inbound ... Congestion and collision at Central Avenue; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Lawyers Road to Sharon Amity Road.

Independence Boulevard inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph from Eastway Drive to uptown.

Providence Road inbound ... Congestion and a collision near Alexander Road; traffic moving 20-25 mph from the Arboretum area to Wendover Road. Also a collision at Colville Road, with moderate delays.

I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph from Providence Road to I-77.

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

Johnston Road ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph northbound from the state line to I-485.

U.S. 321, Gaston County ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph in each direction between I-85 and Dallas-Cherryville Highway.

Old Hickory Grove Road at Hickory Grove Road, south of Stanley-Spencer Mountain Road (northern Gaston County)... Collision with injuries; moderate to heavy delays.

N.C. 73 at Poplar Tent Road, east of Davidson ... Collision with injuries; minor to moderate delays.

Monroe Road at Sardis Road North ... Collision; minor delays.

Sardis Road at Sardis View Road ... Collision; minor to moderate delays.

Sunset Road at Reames Road ... Collision; minor delays.

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