Today’s traffic: Wrecks and congestion slow the interstates

Congestion and collisions are taking their toll on Charlotte-area traffic at 8:25 a.m. Wednesday.

Travel on nearly all interstate highways is slow due to heavy traffic, and there are a number of collisions being cleared on major and secondary roads.

Interstate 77 in northern Mecklenburg County is a particular trouble spot. Southbound traffic is slow as usual, but it’s also a slow go on the northbound side because of an earlier wreck near Exit 30 in Davidson.

The inner loop of Interstate 485 is slow due to wrecks in Mint Hill and in southeast Charlotte.

Here is the 8:25 a.m. update:

Construction ... State transportation officials said they hope to have the McAuley Road bridge in Huntersville reopened by Thursday afternoon.

The bridge was been closed for more than a week for repairs, and the N.C. Department of Transportation originally hoped to have it open again by early this week. But officials said Tuesday that completion now is planned for 3 p.m. Thursday.


I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 10-20 mph from Brawley School Road (Exit 35) down to Griffith Street (Exit 30), then moving 20-25 mph down to Gilead Road (Exit 23).

I-77 northbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion from an earlier wreck; traffic moving 15-25 mph from mile marker 21 to mile marker 32 in southern Iredell County.

University City Boulevard at Ikea Boulevard ... Earlier collision with injuries; minor delays.


Albemarle Road inbound ... Congestion and a wreck at Lawyers Road; traffic moving 15-25 mph from east of Lawyers Road to Sharon Amity Road.


I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion and a collision near N.C. 51; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Providence Road to I-77.

I-485 inner loop, Mint Hill ... Collision between the Lawyers and Idlewild road exits; traffic moving 10-20 mph.

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 and a disabled vehicle near Raintree Road; traffic moving 20-25 mph from the Arboretum area to Wendover Road.

Rea Road at Old Providence Road ... Collision; moderate delays.

Runnymede Lane at Barclay Downs Drive ... Collision; minor delays.


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


Billy Graham Parkway ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph between West Boulevard and I-85.

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