Avoid I-77 North at Sunset Road Exit 16, police warn

Motorists should avoid Interstate 77 North at Sunset Road (Exit 16) due to “extreme traffic issues” caused by an event in the area, police said shortly before 6 p.m. Friday.

The traffic issues extend to Old Statesville Road (U.S. 115) and Statesville Road (U.S. 21). Those attending the event should use I-77 Exit 18 and come down from the north end of the city to avoid the Sunset Road area.

Traffic issues will continue for an hour to 1 1/2 hours, police said.

The Exit 16 ramp is being evaluated to determine whether the ramp should be closed due to traffic safety issues, police said.