There are a number of traffic problems this Thursday morning, including a road closure due to downed power lines in southwest Charlotte.
A car hit a power pole about 3:45 a.m. on Westinghouse Boulevard at Shopton Road West, downing the lines and causing a power outage in the area. Westinghouse Boulevard is closed in that area, which is west of Steele Creek Road. Motorists can use Steele Creek Road as an alternate route.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the roadway might not be reopened until 9 a.m. or later.
Another big problem is in Gaston County. A wreck on northbound Interstate 85 near the Lowell-McAdenville interchange (Exit 23) is slowing traffic for about 5 miles.
In York County, a wreck just south of Carowinds Boulevard is causing slow travel on northbound I-77.
Here is the 8:35 a.m. update:
Brookshire Boulevard at Fred Alexander Boulevard ... Collision; moderate delays.
Mountain Isle Harbor Drive at Brookshire Boulevard ... Disabled vehicle; minor delays.
Mallard Creek Road at Ridge Road ... Hit-and-run collision; moderate delays.
Johnston Oehler Road at Mallard Creek High School ... Collision; moderate delays.
I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 10-20 mph from the lake to Gilead Road (Exit 23) in Huntersville.
Albemarle Road inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph from Lawyers Road to Independence Boulevard.
Idlewild Road at Conference Drive ... Collision; moderate delays.
I-485 inner loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion; traffic moving 10-20 mph from Providence Road to I-77.
I-485 outer loop, south Mecklenburg ... Congestion and construction-related delays. Traffic moving 15-25 mph from I-77 to Rea Road.
Independence Boulevard inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph from Sharon Amity Road to uptown.
Johnston Road ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 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.
I-77 northbound, south Charlotte ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Carowinds Boulevard up to Clanton Road.
Westinghouse Boulevard at Shopton Road West ... Power lines down and intersection closed.
Steele Creek Road at I-485 ... Collision; moderate delays.
Shopton Road at South Tryon Street ... Collision; moderate delays.
Steele Creek Road at Byrum Drive ... Collision; minor delays.
Billy Graham Parkway ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph between West Boulevard and I-85.
U.S. 74 westbound ... Congestion from Rocky River Road to I-485, through Indian Trail and Stallings; traffic moving 15-20 mph.
I-77 northbound ... Congestion due to earlier collision near Carowinds Boulevard; traffic moving 15-30 mph from mile marker 85 to the state line.
Celanese Drive at India Hook Road, Rock Hill ... Collision with injuries; moderate delays.