Heavy traffic volume and collisions have taken a toll on the morning commute at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday across the Charlotte region.
Very slow traffic is being reported in the areas which typically are slowed by congestion – the inner loop of Interstate 485 in southeast Mecklenburg; southbound I-77 in the Lake Norman area; inbound Johnston Road; inbound Independence Boulevard; and northbound I-77 coming out of South Carolina.
Several wrecks are adding to the problems, affecting major thoroughfares such as Independence Boulevard, Providence Road, South Tryon Street and the Josh Birmingham Parkway.
Here is the 8:40 a.m. update:
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John Belk Freeway outer loop at Independence Boulevard ... Disabled vehicle; minor delays.
John Belk Freeway inner loop at I-77 ... Disabled vehicle; minor delays.
I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion and a collision near Sam Furr Road; traffic moving 10-20 mph from Brawley School Road (Exit 35) down to Gilead Road (Exit 23).
Sugar Creek Road at I-85 ... Collision; minor delays.
I-85 southbound at Beatties Ford Road ... Disabled vehicle; minor delays.
W.T. Harris Boulevard at Old Statesville Road ... Collision; moderate delays.
Albemarle Road inbound ... Congestion and a wreck at Harris Boulevard; traffic moving 15-25 mph from east of Lawyers Road to Sharon Amity Road.
I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Providence Road to I-77.
Independence Boulevard inbound ... Congestion and a collision at the Hawthorne Lane bridge; traffic moving 15-20 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 collision at Old Providence Road; traffic moving 15-20 mph from the Arboretum area to Old Providence Road; traffic moving 20-25 mph from Old Providence Road to uptown.
Randolph Road at Colonial Avenue ... Collision with injuries; moderate delays.
I-77 northbound, south Charlotte ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Gold Hill Road to Westinghouse Boulevard and 20-30 mph from Westinghouse Boulevard to uptown.
South Tryon Street at Rivergate Parkway ... Collision; minor delays.
Josh Birmingham Parkway at Old Dowd Road ... Collision near the airport; moderate delays.
Billy Graham Parkway ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph between West Boulevard and I-85.