Today’s traffic: Wrecks slow southbound I-85

Wrecks and congestion are slowing Charlotte-area traffic on several major routes Tuesday morning, but the worst conditions appear to be on southbound Interstate 85 at 9:10 a.m.

Two collisions were reported on southbound I-85 between W.T. Harris Boulevard and Sugar Creek Road around 7:45 a.m., and those wrecks created slow traffic that has continued for nearly 90 minutes. Conditions have improved since 9 a.m., but traffic is still slow in the area.

The slow traffic begins around Harris Boulevard and continues down to near Graham Street.

Congestion is the culprit on southbound I-77 between Davidson and Huntersville, and on the inner loop of I-485 in southeast Mecklenburg County.

Another trouble spot is Randolph Road, between Sharon Amity Road and Wendover Road in the Cotswold area. A wreck with injuries was reported at Woodlark Lane, and all lanes of Randolph Road were closed from about 8:20 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. The lanes have been reopened, but traffic is still slow in the area.

Here is the 9:10 a.m. update:


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

I-85 northbound, north Charlotte ... Congestion from two earlier collisions; traffic moving 20-35 mph from Harris Boulevard to Graham Street.

University City Boulevard at Neal Road ... Collision with injuries; moderate delays.

Hucks Road at Arthur Davis Road ... Collision; minor delays.

Prosperity Church Road, just south of Ridge Road ... Earlier collision with injuries; minor delays.


I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Providence Road to I-77.

Ballantyne Commons Parkway at Johnston Road ... Collision; moderate delays.

Randolph Road at Sharon Amity Road ... Collision with injuries; moderate delays.

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


I-485 inner loop ramp to northbound I-77 ... Collision; moderate delays.


Yorkmont Road at West Tyvola Road ... Collision; moderate delays.

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