Today’s traffic: Airport road construction

Traffic at Charlotte Douglas International Airport could be especially congested Tuesday and Wednesday because of lane closures scheduled at the intersection of Old Dowd and Rental Car roads.

And in Charlotte’s uptown, a major problem on the John Belk Freeway has brought traffic to a near-standstill.

At the airport, crews are building a traffic roundabout, as part of the City of Charlotte’s Airport Entrance Road project.

Motorists headed to the airport can avoid the congestion by using the new Entrance Road’s inbound lanes to reach the terminal, parking lots and rental car facilities. Motorists leaving the airport are urged to use Josh Birmingham Parkway and the Billy Graham Parkway to reach I-85 and I-77.

Here is the 9 a.m. update:

Center City

John Belk Freeway outer loop near Kenilworth Avenue overpass ... Crash involving an overturned vehicle; heavy delays; alternate route suggested.


I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Brawley School Road (Exit 35) down to Gilead Road (Exit 23).


I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Providence Road to I-77.

Independence Boulevard inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph from Sam Newell Road to Idlewild Road; traffic moving 30-40 mph from Sharon Amity Road to uptown.

Johnston Road ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph northbound from the state line to I-485.


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

South Tryon Street at Sandy Porter Road ... Collision; minor delays.

York County

S.C. 160, just west of U.S. 521, near Fort Mill ... Collision; moderate delays.

S.C. 901 at S.C. 72, Rock Hill ... Collision; moderate delays.

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