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Be glad you’re at work and not northbound on I-85 Wednesday

Traffic was backed up on Interstate 85 northbound near China Grove and on Interstate 77 southbound at Lake Norman on Wednesday, but this time it has nothing to do with I-77 toll lane work as seen in this 2016 photo.
Traffic was backed up on Interstate 85 northbound near China Grove and on Interstate 77 southbound at Lake Norman on Wednesday, but this time it has nothing to do with I-77 toll lane work as seen in this 2016 photo. Charlotte Observer file photo

Interstate 85 northbound near China Grove was backed up for about 13 miles after a truck overturned on Wednesday afternoon.

The state department of transportation tweeted about the congestion around 12:45 p.m.

Highway officials have not said when they expect the congestion to ease or what caused the truck to wreck.

Interstate 77 southbound at Lake Norman, meanwhile, is experiencing a second straight day of backups. The congestion is causing up to an hour delay, and traffic isn’t much better on the alternate routes of U.S. 21/N.C. 115 through Davidson and Cornelius.

I-77 at the lake is often congested, but Hurricane Irma evacuees returning to Georgia and Florida have added more cars to the daily parking lot.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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