The biggest traffic problem this Wednesday morning continues in Charlotte’s University City area.
Police have closed the southbound lanes of Mallard Creek Road, south of Mallard Creek Church Road, because of a tractor-trailer breakdown. According to police, a tractor-trailer carrying several thousand pounds of paper products broke down. The trailer portion of the vehicle became disabled in the road.
This will affect traffic headed to Mallard Creek Elementary School from the north. Parents and staff members will have to find alternate routes this morning, because the closure is likely to last a while.
In addition, police are reporting a collision in the backed-up traffic on West Mallard Creek Church Road, approaching the road closure area.
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Trouble also is developing at 8:10 a.m. on southbound Interstate 77 near uptown, due to a wreck at the West Boulevard interchange. Backups are building quickly.
Here is the 8:10 a.m. update:
Mallard Creek Road ... Southbound lanes closed, effectively between Mallard Creek Church Road and W.T. Harris Boulevard; major delays.
West Mallard Creek Church Road ... Congestion and a collision on the approach to Mallard Creek Road; heavy delays.
I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Brawley School Road (Exit 35) down to Gilead Road (Exit 23).
Main Street near Baity Street, Davidson ... Collision; minor delays.
Catawba Avenue at Westmoreland Avenue, Cornelius ... Collision with injuries; heavy 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 20-30 mph from Providence Road to I-77.
Independence Boulevard inbound ... Congestion and a collision near Hawthorne Avenue; traffic moving 15-20 mph from Eastway Drive to uptown.
Providence Road inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph from the Arboretum area to Wendover Road.
I-77 northbound, south Charlotte ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Carowinds Boulevard up to Clanton Road.
Billy Graham Parkway ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph between West Boulevard and I-85.