Today’s traffic: Heavy traffic near Convention Center

slyttle@charlotteobserver.comFebruary 26, 2014 

Motorists headed into Charlotte’s uptown on Wednesday can expect heavy traffic near the Charlotte Convention Center during the morning and afternoon hours.

But there are other traffic problems in the Charlotte region at 8:05 a.m.

One problem has been cleared – a truck wreck and fire on Interstate 77 north of Statesville. The northbound lanes of I-77 were closed for about 90 minutes earlier this morning because of the wreck at mile marker 54. The truck has been cleared, but traffic remains slow in the area.

Here is the 8:95 a.m. report:

CIAA traffic today ... About 5,000 middle school and high school students from the Charlotte region will be guests of the CIAA, visiting the Convention Center for Education Day activities. That means a large number of school buses will be dropping off and picking up students near the Convention Center, and many of those buses will be parking on uptown streets.

Students will start arriving around 8 a.m., according to CIAA officials. Activities end about 1:30 p.m.

Matthews construction ... One lane of North Trade Street in each direction will be closed Wednesday and Thursday in downtown Matthews. Crews will be installing curbs and gutters along the road near Matthews Street. Motorists should avoid the area between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Westinghouse Boulevard closure Tuesday night: ... Crews will close Westinghouse Boulevard under I-485 between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The closure will enable crews to work on the bridge as part of the I-485 widening project. Motorists will be detoured off Westinghouse Boulevard onto Nations Ford Road, Hebron Street and South Boulevard.

I-77 southbound, Lake Norman area ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph from Brawley School Road (Exit 35) down to Gilead Road (Exit 23).

I-85 southbound, Cabarrus County ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-30 mph from George Liles Parkway (Exit 54) down to Mallard Creek Church Road (Exit 46).

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

Independence Boulevard inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph from Eastway Drive to uptown.

Providence Road inbound ... Congestion; traffic moving 20-25 mph from the Arboretum area to Wendover Road.

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

I-77 northbound, south Charlotte ... Congestion; traffic moving 25-35 mph from Carowinds Boulevard up to Clanton Road.

Johnston Road ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph northbound from the state line to I-485.

U.S. 321, Gaston County ... Congestion; traffic moving 15-25 mph in each direction between I-85 and Dallas-Cherryville Highway.

Rea Road at Old Providence Road ... Collision; minor delays.

Wade Ardrey Road at Ardrey Kell Road ... Collision; moderate delays.

Rocky River Road at Poplin Road, Union County ... Collision; minor delays.

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