A few collisions and other traffic problems are being reported around the Charlotte region at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, but congestion on a pair of roads in southern Mecklenburg County is the biggest headache for motorists.
Heavy traffic volume is slowing the morning commute on the inner loop of Interstate 485 and on Johnston Road, especially in the area near I-485.
Travel speeds are well below posted speed limits on both roads. The congestion appears to have lessened since 8:30 a.m., but motorists are still dealing with stop-and-go traffic.
There also is slow traffic on northbound Interstate 85 in Gaston County, between U.S. 321 in Gastonia and the Lowell-McAdenville exit.
An earlier wreck involving a motorcyclist in the Hickory Grove community has been cleared. That wreck, reported about 5:45 a.m., involved injuries and closed East W.T. Harris Boulevard at Hickory Grove Road for about a half-hour. But all lanes are open in the area now.
Here is the 8:50 a.m. traffic update:
Marvin Road closure ... A reminder that Marvin Road is closed between Johnston and Ardrey Kell roads through Aug. 22. Crews are replacing a pipe under the road, and a detour is posted from Marvin Road to Johnston Road to Ardrey Kell Road and back to Marvin Road.
I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Brawley School Road (Exit 35) down to Gilead Road (Exit 23).
Beatties Ford Road at Dr. Webber Avenue ... Collision; minor delays.
East Mallard Creek Church Road at North Tryon Street ... Collision; minor delays.
W.T. Harris Boulevard ramp to northbound I-77 ... Collision; minor delays.
Brookshire Freeway outer loop ramp to southbound I-77 ... Disabled vehicle; minor delays.
Albemarle Road inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Lawyers Road to Sharon Amity Road.
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.
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.
U.S. 321, Gaston County ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph in each direction between I-85 and Dallas-Cherryville Highway.
I-85 northbound ... Congestion slowing average speeds to 30 mph between U.S. 321 and the Lowell-McAdenville exit.