Northbound Interstate 77 is the big trouble spot for motorists this Wednesday morning, with one current wreck and two earlier collisions causing slow traffic from South Carolina all the way to Charlotte’s uptown area.
A wreck near Carowinds Boulevard has really slowed traffic in northern York County.
Motorists will find improved conditions north of the Carowinds Boulevard wreck, but then they’ll encounter slowdowns from Tyvola Road to uptown. That is the result of earlier collisions in those areas.
Congestion is the problem on the inner loop of Interstate 485 in south Mecklenburg and on southbound Interstate 77 in the Huntersville-Cornelius area.
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Meanwhile, motorists are reminded that even though Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students don’t start classes until Monday, there are school buses rolling on area streets this week. The CMS drivers are conducting practice runs to prepare them for the start of school next week.
In addition, the Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools start classes today, joining several private schools that started last week and earlier this week. And, of course, several CMS schools with lengthened schedules are already holding classes.
Here is the 8:50 a.m. update:
N.C. 73, Cabarrus County ... Crews will be making bridge repairs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today on N.C. 73 near Gold Hill Road. Motorists can expect to find only one lane of traffic open during that time.
I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Brawley School Road (Exit 35) down to Gilead Road (Exit 23).
Harris Boulevard at The Plaza ... Collision; moderate delays.
I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph from Providence Road to I-77.
Independence Boulevard inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph from Sharon Amity Road to uptown.
Johnston Road ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph northbound from the state line to I-485.
Providence Road inbound ... Congestion and a collision on the inbound side, approaching Pineville-Matthews Road; traffic moving 15-25 mph from McKee Road to Wendover Road.
I-77 northbound, south Charlotte ... Congestion from an earlier wreck at Tyvola Road, and a new wreck near the John Belk Freeway; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Carowinds Boulevard to uptown.
Billy Graham Parkway ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph between West Boulevard and I-85.
U.S. 321, Gaston County ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph in each direction between I-85 and Dallas-Cherryville Highway.
I-77 northbound ... Collision near Carowinds Boulevard; traffic moving 10-20 mph from Fort Mill area up to the state line.