Friday morning traffic around the Charlotte area

Here’s a look at reported traffic issues around the Charlotte area:

Shortly before 9:30 a.m., a hit and run was reported at Beatties Ford Road and Dr. Webber Avenue. Also, Medic personnel said one patient was taken to the hospital with minor injuries following an earlier accident involving a bus on Josh Birmingham Parkway at Charlotte Douglas.

Around 9 a.m., an accident involving a bus was reported near the terminal at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. An accident had also been reported on South Boulevard at Briabend Drive, just north of Woodlawn Road, and a stalled vehicle reported on Albemarle Road at Lawyers Road.

Just before 8:30 a.m., a hit and run crash was reported at Arrowood Road and South Tryon, as well as an accident in the road at Ardrey Kell Road and Blakeney Park Drive. While the traffic light malfunction at East Third and South Tryon Street has been cleared, another wreck was reported at Mallard Creek Road and Harris Boulevard.

Shortly after 8 a.m., accidents were reported on West Morehead Street at North I-77 exit 10a, as well as another accident on I-485 outer near mile marker 45. Two vehicles are on both sides of outer lanes.

Around 7:45 a.m., an accident has been reported on Randolph Road at East Fourth Street, and a traffic light malfunction has been reported at East Third Street at South Tryon. Other accidents have been reported on South Tryon north of I-77 and on Mallard Creek Church Road at I-85.

Just before 7:30 a.m., a blocked lane is slowing traffic on the I-485 outer loop near Fairview Road.

At 7 a.m., there’s an accident at University City Boulevard and Harris Houston Road, north of I-485.

Nearly three miles of stop and go traffic on I-85 northbound approaching Davidson Highway, exit 55, reported around 6:45 a.m.

Just before 6:30 a.m., an accident was reported at Billy Graham Parkway at South I-85.

Check back for updated details.

Weekend closures

Portions of several major Charlotte roads will be closed at times this weekend for construction.

The N.C. Department of Transportation said Idlewild Road will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday between Independence Boulevard and Cedars East Court. This is part of the Independence Freeway conversion project.

Construction on the light rail extension in north Charlotte will mean the weekend closure of the right northbound lane of North Tryon Street between Harris Boulevard and J.M. Keynes Drive; the right westbound lane of Harris Boulevard approaching North Tryon Street; and the left eastbound turn lane from Harris Boulevard to North Tryon Street.

Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will be closed between Church and Mint streets from noon-6 p.m. Saturday. Crews will be removing a tower crane at the South Mint Street apartment building.

The intersection of Tom Hunter Road and North Tryon Street will be closed from tonight until Monday afternoon and again next weekend so crews can move underground utilities. The closure is scheduled from 6 p.m. tonight until 4 p.m. Monday.

The work is related to construction of the light rail line's northern extension from uptown to UNC Charlotte. Traffic on North Tryon Street will be maintained, but motorists who want to use Tom Hunter Road will have to detour on Arrowhead Drive and Elgywood Lane.

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