• Construction on I-277 at Independence Boulevard causing backups, crashes


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Drivers are frustrated with all the construction on Independence Boulevard, as well as the crashes it’s causing.

    Construction of a $16.3 million bridge improvement project on the John Belk Freeway has been causing congestion issues and accidents.

    Since the start of construction, that stretch of the project has had more than 33 wrecks in the constructions zone during the morning commute, most of which were minor fender-benders, but created major delays.

    [Construction on Independence Boulevard at I-277 ramp resumes]

    Channel 9 is waiting to hear from the NCDOT on whether that section of the bridge improvement project will wrap up at the end of the week.

    Even when the part of the construction clears, crews will go to the next phase, which will move the barrier walls further down the inner loop of the John Belk Freeway to work on additional bridges until everything is finished in July near the I-77 interchange.

    [READ MORE: Lane from Independence Boulevard to I-277 to close for construction]

    Congestion issues will continue on I-277 and on Independence Boulevard through the duration of the project.

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