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Today’s traffic: Independence Blvd. is trouble spot

Inbound East Independence Boulevard remains the trouble spot at 8:30 a.m. Monday, due to earlier problems that continue to clog traffic.

Traffic is snarled from Sharon Amity Road to uptown. An earlier disabled vehicle on the John Belk Freeway’s inner loop, a collision at the Hawthorne Avenue bridge and a crash at Eastway Drive all have been cleared, but the slowdown continues.

There are a number of other problems for motorists, too.

Here is the 8:30 a.m. update:

Road closure: The 200 block of Hawthorne Lane, between Elizabeth Avenue and East Fifth Street, is closing at 9 a.m. Monday and will remain closed for most of the month. The closure is needed for crews to perform utility work as part of the streetcar line project. The road is scheduled to reopen Dec. 28.

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 a collision at Central Avenue; traffic moving 10-20 mph from Lawyers Road to Sharon Amity Road.

Independence Boulevard inbound ... Congestion due to several earlier problems; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Eastway Drive to uptown. Farther out, a collision with injuries between I-485 and N.C. 51, with moderate to heavy delays.

Providence Road inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph from the Arboretum area to Wendover Road.

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.

Idlewild Road at Margaret Wallace Road ... Collision with injuries; moderate to heavy delays.

Beatties Ford Road ramp to southbound I-85 ... Collision being cleared; minor delays.

South Kings Drive at Morehead Street ... Disabled vehicle; minor delays.

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