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Today’s traffic: Uptown street closures

Several uptown streets are being closed Thursday morning to prepare for this weekend’s Taste of Charlotte, but there are other traffic troubles for area motorists at 8:45 a.m.

The southbound lanes of Interstate 85 were closed at 8:40 a.m. at University City Boulevard after a tractor-trailer lost part of a load of paint. Some lane closures are likely in the area for the next half-hour, so motorists can expect delays.

The ramp from University City Boulevard to southbound I-85 also is closed.

Another problem is on Pineville-Matthews Road, where a collision has shut down all travel lanes.

The wreck is at Alexander Road, and all lanes of N.C. 51 are closed at 8:45 a.m. Police are routing traffic through the parking lot of nearby Carmel Baptist Church, but there are heavy delays in the area.

Traffic also is slow on the Billy Graham Parkway, due in part to an earlier collision at Morris Field Drive.

If you’re driving in uptown Charlotte, be prepared for street closings this morning. (See details below)

Here is the 8:45 a.m. update:

Uptown streets ... Motorists in Charlotte’s uptown should know that parts of several streets will be closed Thursday morning through the weekend, for the annual Taste of Charlotte event.

Mainly, South Tryon Street will be shut down between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Trade Street. Portions of several cross streets also will be closed at times through Sunday.

North

I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion and a wreck near mile marker 29, between Davidson and Cornelius; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Brawley School Road (Exit 35) down to Gilead Road (Exit 23).

I-77 southbound, north Charlotte ... Truck lost load of paint on the road. Right two lanes closed at University City Boulevard, and ramp to get on I-77 also is closed. Heavy delays.

East

Albemarle Road inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Lawyers Road to Sharon Amity Road.

Southeast

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 Eastway Drive to uptown.

Pineville-Matthews Road at Alexander Road ... Collision with injuries; lane closures and heavy delays.

Another wreck is just south of Alexander Road, at Echo Forest Drive. But that is being cleared.

Johnston Road ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph northbound from the state line to I-485.

Providence Road inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph from the Arboretum area to Wendover Road.

South

I-77 northbound, south Charlotte ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Carowinds Boulevard up to Clanton Road.

Westinghouse Boulevard at ramp to southbound I-77 ... Collision; minor delays.

West

Billy Graham Parkway ... Congestion and a collision at Morris Field Drive; traffic moving 20-25 mph between West Boulevard and I-85.

Moores Chapel Road at Rhyne Road ... Collision with injuries; moderate delays.

Archdale Road at Nations Ford Road ... Collision with injuries; moderate delays.

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