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Today’s traffic: I-77 reopened in Statesville

Motorists headed southbound on Interstate 77 in the Huntersville area will have to deal with slowdowns at 8 a.m.

Authorities report a car fire on the ramp from southbound I-77 to Gilead Road. That is Exit 23, and the incident is causing backups on southbound I-77.

An earlier problem on I-77 in Statesville has been cleared. The N.C. Highway Patrol had closed I-77 in both directions between mile markers 49 and 51 around 6:30 a.m. for what was described as a “police situation.” That situation ended about 7:15 a.m., and the road was reopened.

Here is the 8 a.m. update:

Pine Grove Church Road, Cabarrus County ... Bridge work has closed a portion of this road, east of Harrisburg, until March 21. The detour takes motorists on Lower Rocky River Road, Pioneer Mill Road, Morrison Road and Flowes Store Road.

I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion and a care fire at Exit 23 (Gilead Road); traffic moving 10-20 mph from Brawley School Road (Exit 35) down to Gilead Road (Exit 23).

Albemarle Road inbound ... Congestion aqnd a wreck at Reddman Road; 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 25-35 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.

West W.T. Harris Boulevard at Research Drive ... Collision; moderate delays.

Old Statesville Road at Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville ... Collision; minor to moderate delays.

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