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Today’s traffic: Construction work starts today

Road construction projects are scheduled to begin this morning on two uptown Charlotte streets and on a road in western Union County.

Charlotte transportation officials say Eighth and Ninth streets will be closed for six months between North College and North Brevard streets. The closure, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., is needed for construction of the light rail line extension.

A detour route has been posted.

Meanwhile, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close Stevens Mill Road in Stallings for about five months to replace the bridge over North Fork Crooked Creek. This closes Stevens Mill Road to through traffic between Stallings and Idlewild roads.

The posted detour uses Stallings and Idlewild roads. The new bridge is scheduled for completion by Feb. 4.

Otherwise, there are problems with collisions and disabled vehicles scattered around the Charlotte area. And congestion is slowing traffic in several spots.

Here is the 8 a.m. update:

Center City

North Davidson Street at East 12th Street ... Collision with injuries; moderate delays.

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).

Southeast

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

Independence Boulevard inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph from Eastway Drive to uptown.

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.

Fairview Road at Carmel Road ... Disabled vehicle; minor delays.

South

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

West

Little Rock Road at Wilkinson Boulevard ... Collision; moderate delays.

Gaston County

I-85 northbound, Gaston County ... Traffic moving 10-20 mph from east of Gastonia to McAdenville, due to collision near Exit 23 (Lowell-McAdenville).

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