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Today’s traffic: Congestion builds on area roads

Congestion has become the biggest traffic problem for Charlotte-area motorists at 8:05 a.m. Monday.

The typical heavy traffic is reported on Charlotte’s interstate highways and other major routes. The good news is the lack of collisions or other lane blockages on those roads.

An earlier collision on the outer loop of I-485 between I-77 and West W.T. Harris Boulevard has been cleared, although there are still some slowdowns in the area.

Uptown road closure: The intersection of Trade and Caldwell streets will be closed this week for utility work related to the streetcar line. The closure is from 9 a.m. Monday until 4:30 p.m. Friday.

West Trade Street closure: The eastbound lanes of West Trade Street between Poplar and Church streets will be closed this week, through 4 p.m. Friday, for storm water repair work. The closure had been planned last week but was postponed because of bad weather.

Here is the 8:05 a.m. traffic update:

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; 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; 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. Also, collision just north of N.C. 51, with moderate delays.

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

Monroe Road at McAlpine Station Drive ... Collision; minor delays.

Jack Russell Road at Rocky River Road ... Collision; minor delays.

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