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Today’s traffic: Schools on break this week

Traffic conditions remain good at 8:30 a.m. this Monday morning across the Charlotte region.

There are few problems on the major and secondary routes in the area, and traffic is moving well, for the most part.

Motorists will find lighter-than-usual traffic during the morning commute this week, because most area public schools are on spring break. Be sure to use caution around private schools, however, because many of them are in session for at least part of the week.

Here is the 8:30 a.m. update:

East Trade-McDowell closure ... A reminder to motorists that the intersection of East Trade and McDowell streets is closing today for nearly six weeks, for construction of rails for the trolley line.

The closure is planned through 6 p.m. May 19, and motorists can expect delays in the area.

North

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).

East

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

Southeast

I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Providence Road to I-77.

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

Also, collision at Village Lake Drive and an earlier collision being cleared at Sardis Road North. Traffic moving 20-25 mph from Sam Newell Road to Village Lake Drive.

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 25-35 mph from Carowinds Boulevard up to Clanton Road.

I-77 southbound, York County ... Collision near mile marker 80, near S.C. 160; minor delays.

West

Billy Graham Parkway ... Traffic signal not working at I-85; minor delays.

Freedom Drive ner Berryhill Road ... Collision; minor delays.

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