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Traffic: I-485 still slow from earlier wreck

An earlier collision on the inner loop of I-485 in southeast Mecklenburg County continues to cause problems for motorists at 8:55 a.m. Thursday.

The vehicles have been cleared from the road, but left-over slowdowns stretch for about 3 miles.

An earlier wreck on inbound Wilkinson Boulevard has been cleared.

In addition, motorists will have to deal with the closure of a portion of Freedom Drive on Thursday and Friday due to railroad crossing repairs.

The Charlotte Department of Transportation said it has been informed that railroad officials will close the crossing on Freedom Drive, between Mount Holly Road and Old Mount Holly Road in the Paw Creek area, for repairs.

The closure is planned from 9 a.m. today until 5 p.m. Friday. Motorists can detour by using Mount Holly Road, Rozzelles Ferry Road, Valleydale Road, and Fred D. Alexander Boulevard.

North

I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 10-20 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).

Davidson-Concord Road, east of N.C. 73, near Cornelius ... Collision; minor delays.

East Mallard Creek Road at University City Boulevard ... Collision; moderate delays.

East

Albemarle Road inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Lawyers Road to Sharon Amity Road.

Eastway Drive at The Plaza ... Collision; minor delays.

Southeast

I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion and a wreck between Rea and Johnston roads; traffic moving 10-20 mph from south of Matthews to the wreck scene; traffic moving 20-30 mph from the wreck scene to I-77.

I-485 outer loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion and construction-related delays.

Independence Boulevard inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph from Eastway Drive to uptown.

Johnston Road ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph northbound from the state line to I-485.

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

South

I-77 northbound, south Charlotte ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph from Carowinds Boulevard up to Clanton Road.

Woodlawn Road, approaching Park Road ... Collision; minor delays.

West

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

Wilkinson Boulevard at Marshall Drive ... Earlier collision with injuries being cleared; minor delays.

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