Today’s traffic: Congestion on southbound I-77

It’s a typical story for Charlotte-area traffic at 8:45 a.m. this Thursday morning.

The interstate highways are slowing due to congestion, and police are working to clear a number of collisions around the area.

The slowest travel at 8:45 a.m. appears to be on inbound Independence Boulevard. Two collisions were reported about 7:30 a.m. on that road, and congestion is adding to the problem.

Slow travel also is being reported on southbound Interstate 77 near Lake Norman, the inner loop of I-485 in southeast Mecklenburg County, northbound I-77 coming out of South Carolina, and inbound Johnston Road.

Independence Boulevard conditions are complicated by a wreck near Coliseum Drive and another near Hawthorne Lane.

And farther out U.S. 74, congestion is causing slow travel in Union County in Indian Trail and Stallings.

Here is the 8:45 a.m. update:


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

West Mallard Creek Church Road at David Taylor Drive ... Collision; minor delays.

W.T. Harris Boulevard at J.W. Clay Boulevard ... Collision; moderate delays.


Albemarle Road inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Lawyers Road to Sharon Amity Road.

Pecan Avenue at Commonwealth Avenue ... Collision; minor delays.


I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 10-20 mph from Providence Road to I-77.

Independence Boulevard inbound ... Congestion and collisions at Coliseum Drive and Hawthorne Lane; traffic moving 10-20 mph from Sharon Amity Road 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.


South Boulevard at I-485 ramp ... Collision; moderate delays.

I-77 northbound, south Charlotte ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph from Carowinds Boulevard up to Clanton Road. Also, a collision on the ramp to Arrowood Road (Exit 3), with moderate delays.


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

Shopton Road at Westinghouse Boulevard ... Collision; moderate delays.

Union County

U.S. 74, Indian Trail and Stallings ... Congestion; traffic moving 10-20 mph from near Rocky River Road to I-485.

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