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Today’s traffic: Congestion slows I-485, I-77

Motorists will find heavy traffic, as usual, clogging the inner loop of Interstate 485 and southbound Interstate 77 this Friday morning.

At 8 a.m., congestion was slowing the traffic flow on both routes.

I-485 is especially slow from Providence Road to Johnston Road, although the slowdowns actually start back toward the Matthews-John Street interchange.

I-77 is slow from Exit 30 in Davidson down beyond Exit 23 in Huntersville. The congestion seems to be building back up across Lake Norman.

Inbound East Independence Boulevard also is being slowed by a collision involving a Charlotte Area Transit System bus near Margaret Wallace Road.

There also is a collision on the inner loop of the John Belk Freeway, approaching the Interstate 77 interchange. This is close to the same spot where a three-vehicle wreck took place Thursday morning.

Motorists will need to watch for extra traffic near schools today.

A number of schools across Mecklenburg and surrounding North Carolina counties are holding open houses today, and that will bring extra traffic. Most of those programs are in the afternoon and early evening hours.

North

I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph from Brawley School Road (Exit 35) down to Gilead Road (Exit 23).

Statesville Road near W.T. Harris Boulevard ... Disabled vehicle; minor delays.

East

W.T. Harris Boulevard, between Hickory Grove Road and Grier Road ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph.

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. Also, collision near Margaret Wallace Road, with moderate delays.

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

John Belk Freeway inner loop, near I-77 ... Collision with moderate delays.

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