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Today’s traffic: Congestion clogs Charlotte-area roads

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    - Davie Hinshaw, dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    A little ice on the side of the Briar Creek Road bridge over Independence Boulevard. DAVIE HINSHAW, dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
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    - Davie Hinshaw, dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    Two vehicles were involved in a wreck Wednesday morning in front of the Holiday Cleaners on Monroe Road at Washburn Avenue. DAVIE HINSHAW, dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

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Congestion is easing but remains a problem on some Charlotte-area roadways at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Slowdowns due to heavy traffic volume are being reported on southbound Interstate 77 in the Huntersville area and on portions of Independence Boulevard inbound, Providence Road inbound, and the outer loop of Interstate 485 near Pineville.

The most recent injury collision is a two-vehicle crash on Monroe Road at Washburn Avenue, just east of Briar Creek Road.

One vehicle involved in the crash hit a power pole, and the other car slammed into the brick side of Holiday Dry Cleaners. The two drivers suffered minor injuries.

In addition, motorists should note that one outbound lane of Central Avenue is closed near Pecan Avenue, while crews film the pilot for “The Novice.” Filming for this pilot caused a massive traffic jam Tuesday morning in Charlotte’s uptown, but the impact today in the Plaza Midwood area appears to be much less.

A few patches of ice were reported around the region Wednesday morning, with temperatures dropping to 22 degrees in Charlotte. But there were no reports of ice causing problems for motorists.

Here is the 9:15 a.m. update:

I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-40 mph from Brawley School Road (Exit 35) down to Gilead Road (Exit 23).

I-85 southbound, Cabarrus County ... Congestion; traffic moving 30-40 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 ... Congestion; traffic moving 30-40 mph from Eastway Drive to uptown.

Providence Road inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 30-35 mph from I-485 area to Wendover Road.

I-485 outer loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion and construction-related delays. Traffic moving 30-40 mph from I-77 to Johnston Road.

Central Avenue at Pecan Avenue ... One outbound lane closed for filming of a cable TV series; minor delays.

Fred D. Alexander Boulevard at Freedom Drive ... Collision; minor delays.

Pineville-Matthews Road at Rea Road ... Collision; moderate delays.

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