Today’s traffic: I-85 still clogged by wreck

An earlier collision on southbound Interstate 85 near Statesville Road continues to cause big problems for motorists at 9:55 a.m. Wednesday.

The wreck has clogged traffic for several miles beyond W.T. Harris Boulevard. The N.C. Department of Transportation said it could be 11 a.m. before traffic is moving smoothly in the area again.

A number of other collisions are being reported at this time, but earlier congestion-related slowdowns on Independence Boulevard, I-485 and I-77 have eased.

Here is the 9:50 a.m. update:


Beatties Ford Road at Dr. Webber Avenue ... Collision; moderate delays.

W.T. Harris Boulevard at Research Drive ... Collision; moderate delays.

North Tryon Street at Sugar Creek Drive ... Collision; minor delays.

The Plaza at Malibu Drive ... Collision with injuries; moderate delays.

W.T. Harris Boulevard at Statesville Road ... Collision; moderate delays.

I-85 southbound, north Charlotte ... Collision at Statesville Road; traffic moving 10-20 mph from Mallard Creek Church Road to Statesville Road.


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

Independence Boulevard inbound ... Congestion from three earlier collisions; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Sardis Road North to Eastway Drive.

Tilley Morris Road at McKee Road ... Traffic signal not working; moderate delays.


South Tryon Street at West Boulevard ... Collision; moderate delays.

Gaston County

I-85 northbound ... Congestion and a collision near Belmont; traffic moving 10-20 mph from U.S. 321 to Belmont Abbey exit.

Union County

U.S. 74 near Sutherland Avenue, Monroe ... Collision blocking all lanes; heavy delays, with traffic being rerouted.

U.S. 74, between Rocky River Road and I-485 ... Congestion through Indian Trail and Stallings; traffic moving 20-30 mph in that area.

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