Today’s traffic: Independence slowed

slyttle@charlotteobserver.comApril 15, 2014 

The heavy rain overnight has left wet streets across the region this Tuesday morning, and more showers are on the way.

There are two big problems at 8:20 a.m.

One is on inbound East Independence Boulevard.

A wreck with injuries near Sharon Amity Road was cleared from the travel lanes about 8:10 a.m., but traffic is snarled back to near Matthews.

It probably will be 9 a.m. before traffic is moving smoothly on Independence Boulevard.

The other problem is an oveturned tractor-trailer on the ramp from the inner loop of Interstate 485 in west Charlotte to southbound I-85. The truck was carrying wood chips, and it will take a while to move the load.

One lane is open on the ramp, but traffic on the inner loop of I-485 is very slow in the area.

Here is the 8:20 a.m. update:

North

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).

Statesville Road, south of Sam Furr Road in Huntersville ... Collision with injuries; moderate delays.

East

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

Southeast

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

Independence Boulevard inbound ... Congestion and a wreck at Sharon Amity Road; traffic moving 5-15 mph from Harris Boulevard to Sharon Amity Road; also, traffic moving 20-25 mph from Eastway Drive 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

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

South Tryon Street near Youngblood Road ... Collision with injuries; moderate delays.

West

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

I-485 inner loop, west Mecklenburg ... Overturned tractor-trailer between Wilkinson Boulevard and I-85; moderate to heavy delays.

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