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Today’s traffic: Independence situation improves

The traffic flow on inbound East Independence Boulevard is starting to improve, as we near the end of the Thursday morning commute.

At least five collisions – including three in a 30-minute span around 6 a.m. – created a mess for motorists much of the morning on Independence Boulevard and some connecting routes.

But at 8:55 a.m., all collisions have been cleared, and traffic conditions are improving.

The slow spots now are southbound Interstate 77 near Huntersville and Cornelius, the inner loop of I-485 in southeast Mecklenburg County, and southbound I-85 between Harris Boulevard and Sugar Creek Road.

Here is the 8:55 a.m. update:

Greek Festival: Motorists in Charlotte’s Dilworth community can expect heavy traffic today through Sunday, with the 37th annual Yiasou Greek Festival underway at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral on East Boulevard.

The heaviest congestion is likely around midday today and Friday, and again during the evening commute. That’s when many people visit the festival to buy lunch or dinner.

Congestion likely will be heavy on East Boulevard and on several cross streets in the area.

North

I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 10-20 mph from Brawley School Road (Exit 35) down to Gilead Road (Exit 23).

I-85 southbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Harris Boulevard down to Sugar Creek Road.

Southeast

I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Providence Road to I-77.

Charlottetowne Avenue at Elizabeth Avenue ... Collision near the CPCC campus; moderate delays.

Independence Boulevard inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Harris Boulevard to uptown.

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

South Caswell Street at Providence Road ... Collision; minor delays.

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