Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Charlotte Traffic: Rush Hour Seems To Last Forever

Published Thursday, August 29, 2013

High-tailing it through Charlotte on Interstate 77 as rush hour approached, I prematurely congratulated myself on dodging the usual traffic jams. I could be home in an hour …
Then I read the warning sign: “Wreck ahead, take US 21.”
Uh-oh.
I veered onto Interstate 85 to avoid the miles-long backlog that always results from wrecks on the Charlotte main arteries. All was well for five miles until I hit the never-ending road construction near Concord Mall. A wreck later near the Rowan County line slowed us down further to a crawl or a complete stop.
I am glad I don’t work in Charlotte where rush hour lasts four hours.
Years from now I-85 will be four lanes and still be tied up in traffic. It can’t be wide enough. I-77 will forever have bottlenecks near Huntersville.
Charlotte is a thoroughly nice city, but driving there can take forever.
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We’ve had 10 inches more rain than average so far this year.
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