Heavy traffic was being reported Monday morning near the UNC Charlotte, CPCC Central and CPCC Levine campuses, as classes began for the 2014-15 academic year.
It’s also the first day of school for Charlotte-area counties in South Carolina.
North Carolina’s public school students return to the classroom next Monday, but today’s start of classes is giving Charlotte-area motorists a taste of the back-to-school traffic congestion.
Shortly before 9:30 a.m., traffic was reported to be very heavy on University City Boulevard and East Mallard Creek Church Road near the UNCC campus.
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Heavy congestion also was reported on Charlottetowne Avenue, Kings Drive and East Seventh Street, near the CPCC campus. The same was true on East Independence Boulevard near Interstate 485, at the CPCC Levine campus in Matthews.
No collisions were reported at any of those locations, though.
Heavy congestion can be expected throughout the morning, as students look for parking spots on the first day of classes.
Here are the expected college congestion spots:
UNCC: Heaviest traffic is likely between 7:45 and 10:30 a.m. on University City Boulevard between Harris Boulevard and Interstate 485 and on East Mallard Creek Church Road, east of North Tryon Street.
CPCC Central campus: This is usually the biggest trouble spot. Expect slow traffic from 7:45 a.m. until about 1 p.m. on Charlottetowne Avenue, Kings Drive, East Fourth Street and East Seventh Street.
CPCC Levine campus: Extra congestion is likely from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on East Independence Boulevard near Interstate 485 in Matthews. Motorists on Independence Boulevard also should be careful about students pulling onto the road from the campus access road.
CPCC Cato campus: Congestion is expected from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in the area around East W.T. Harris Boulevard and Grier Road.
A portion of Wilshire Avenue in Concord is being closed Monday morning for at least eight months, the N.C. Department of Transportation said.
The road will be closed through next April so crews can replace the bridge over Irish Buffalo Creek. Traffic will be detoured around the project from Wilshire Avenue, to Union Street, to N.C. 3, to Warren Coleman Boulevard (U.S. 601) and back to Wilshire Avenue.