Today’s traffic: I-77 South snarl continues after wreck in uptown HOV lane

Heavy delays on Interstate 77 southbound should be easing after an accident in the lefthand HOV lane was reported earlier this morning at mile marker 12, between LaSalle Street and the Brookshire Freeway.

The N.C. Department of Transportation said the wreck occurred just after 8 a.m. and the lane is expected to remain closed till shortly after 9 a.m.

An even earlier wreck on I-77 south between Woodlawn and Tyvola Road had traffic backed up to Morehead Street, despite having been moved to the shoulder.

Meanwhile, traffic on I-85 northbound is backed up to I-77 due to a stalled vehicle in the center lane of the interstate, near Graham Street.

On Charlotte city streets, police were working to clear at least 15 incidents just before 9:30 a.m.

Accidents have been reported most recently on West Brookshire Freeway at Beatties Ford Road; East Barden Road at Providence Road; at East Fourth Street at North Torrence Street and in the 1300 block of East Independence Boulevard.

Earlier wrecks are still in the process of being cleared from East Woodlawn Road at Nations Crossing Road; North Tryon Street at Old Concord Road; at Brookshire Boulevard at north I-85; at North Graham Street at West Ninth Street; on University City Boulevard at Neal Road and on South Tryon Street at Westinghouse Boulevard.

Starting at 10 a.m., the right lane of I-85 southbound will be closed as the N.C. DOT does a maintenance inspection on the overhead sign structure located a half-mile before the Statesville Road exit 39, officials said. The second right lane could also close briefly if needed to complete the inspection, which is scheduled to be completed by noon.

Starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, the 5600 block of Orr Road will be closed at North Tryon for at least six weeks to accommodate construction for the Lynx Blue Line extension. The closure is expected to last through mid-February, according to the city.

Left turns from southbound North Tryon onto Orr Road or into the North Tryon Street 5900 commercial block will not be permitted, though local access will be maintained to businesses and parking, officials said.

The detour includes Old Concord Road and North Tryon Street, and police say there will be no access to Orr Road from the parking lot behind the bowling alley.

Charlotte Area Transit System routes will not be affected.

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