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Today’s traffic: Some congestion near shopping centers

Motorists headed to shopping malls and centers on this day after Christmas are finding some congestion on Charlotte-area roads.

While the region’s interstate highways and other major routes are relatively free of problems, traffic is heavy near some of the retail shopping areas. Many shoppers visit stores on Dec. 26 to return gifts or make use of gift cards they received for Christmas.

Here is the 2:15 p.m. update:

Hillside Avenue closure: A portion of Hillside Avenue will be closed for about 10 days while crews perform utility work, according to Charlotte transportation officials. The road will be closed between Westfield and Willow Oak roads, until 4 p.m. Jan. 5. The detour uses Westfield Road, Jameston Drive, Princeton Avenue and Willow Oak Road.

Concord Mills area ... Moderate congestion on Bruton Smith Boulevard at the I-85 interchange.

SouthPark Mall area ... Moderate congestion, especially on Fairview Road in both directions approaching the mall.

Carolina Place Mall area ... Moderate congestion on Pineville-Matthews Road, and on the exit from the inner loop of I-485 to Pineville-Matthews Road.

University City shopping area ... Moderate congestion, especially on Harris Boulevard between University City Boulevard and Mallard Creek Road.

I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 30-40 mph from Providence Road to I-77.

I-485 outer loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion and construction-related delays. Traffic moving 25-35 mph from I-77 to Rea Road.

Reagan Drive at North Graham Street ... Collision; minor delays.

Tyvola Road at Seventy Seven Center Drive ... Collision with injuries; moderate delays.

Statesville Road at Nevin Road ... Collision; minor delays.

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