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Today’s traffic: I-485 still clogged by earlier fire

Congestion and collisions are causing problems for motorists at 9 a.m. Thursday across the Charlotte region.

But a vehicle fire from more than an hour ago is causing the biggest headaches.

The fire was reported on the inner loop of I-485 between the N.C. 51 and South Boulevard interchanges. The vehicle has been cleared from the road, but backups continue.

At 9 a.m., traffic is still moving slower than usual along I-485 in southern Mecklenburg County, from the Providence Road interchange to near N.C. 51.

Here is the 9 a.m. update:

I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 30-40 mph from Brawley School Road (Exit 35) down to Gilead Road (Exit 23).

I-85 southbound, Cabarrus County ... Congestion; traffic moving 30-40 mph from George Liles Parkway (Exit 54) down to Mallard Creek Church Road (Exit 46).

Albemarle Road inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Lawyers Road to Sharon Amity Road. Also, a collision at Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road is causing moderate delays in that area.

Independence Boulevard inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-30 mph from Margaret Wallace Road to uptown.

Providence Road inbound ... Congestion and a collision at Sardis Lane; traffic moving 20-25 mph from the Arboretum area to Wendover Road.

I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion, worseened by an earlier vehicle fire near South Boulevard; traffic moving 20-35 mph from Providence Road to I-77.

I-77 northbound, south Charlotte ... Congestion; traffic moving 30-40 mph from Carowinds Boulevard up to Clanton Road.

Billy Graham Parkway ... Collision at Morris Field Drive; moderate delays.

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