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Today’s traffic: 2 major wrecks on I-85

The opening day of classes is causing traffic slowdowns near a number of schools across the Charlotte region, but the biggest headaches are on the area’s interstate highways.

Two major problems are being reported at 8:35 a.m. on southbound Interstate 85 – at opposite ends of the county.

A collision with injuries on the ramp from southbound Interstate 85 to the inner loop of Interstate 485 in northeast Mecklenburg is causing several miles of backups. Another wreck on southbound Interstate 85 near the Billy Graham Parkway is blocking the right lane and the ramp from the parkway to southbound I-85.

Congestion has slowed traffic on southbound I-77 in the Huntersville-Cornelius area and on the inner loop of I-485 in southeast Mecklenburg County. It’s also unusually slow this morning on East W.T. Harris Boulevard, from Albemarle Road up to Rocky River Road.

Here is the 8:35 a.m. update:

North

I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion and an earlier collision near Sam Furr Road (Exit 25); traffic moving 15-20 mph from Brawley School Road (Exit 35) down to Gilead Road (Exit 23).

Alexanderana Road at Old Statesville Road ... School-related congestion; heavy delays.

I-85 southbound, northeast Charlotte ... Collision on the ramp to I-485 inner loop; heavy delays.

W.T. Harris Boulevard at West Sugar Creek Road ... Collision; moderate delays.

North Tryon Street at Salome Church Road ... Collision; moderate delays.

East

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

Wallace Road at Monroe Road ... Collision; moderate delays.

W.T. Harris Boulevard, between Albemarle Road and Rocky River Road ... Congestion; moderate delays.

Lawyers Road near Lebanon Road ... School-related congestion; moderate delays.

Southeast

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

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.

Westinghouse Boulevard at I-77 ... Collision; minor delays.

West

Billy Graham Parkway ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph between West Boulevard and I-85.

West Boulevard at Amay James Road ... Collision involving a Charlotte Area Transit System bus; moderate delays.

Wilkinson Boulevard at I-485 ... Collision with injuries; moderate delays.

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