Charlotte traffic report: Get the latest driving conditions

Charlotte traffic can be a challenge sometimes, so pay attention to traffic reports for the latest road conditions.

It's only natural that in Charlotte, also known as the Queen City, traffic sometimes turns into a royal mess. To help drivers navigate, Charlotte traffic reports are helpful.

There are two solid sources of Charlotte traffic information: WSOC-TV and the Charlotte Department of Transportation. From current road closures and active construction areas to rush-hour traffic updates, these resources keep Charlotte drivers informed.

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TrafficLive is an enduring and popular WSOC-TV feature. A map of the Charlotte area displays current traffic conditions on interstates I-77, I-85 and I-485. WSOC's  traffic coverage also features reports on upcoming events that may cause traffic issues and general travel tips. 

Tweets by ‎@TrafficTeam9: For those who want to keep up with Charlotte traffic alerts and accidents via Twitter, Traffic Team 9 also tweets as traffic news develops. Tweets might include anything from reports of crashes (including location) to recent lane closures or re-openings to follow-ups when wrecks are cleared or traffic conditions have gotten worse. 

Closings and street use: To avoid even more unpleasant surprise traffic snarls in the Charlotte area, tap into the CDOT website. It issues alerts when the city knows it will be closing street lanes or access to certain roads in the future.

Sometimes, the cause of closures is anticipated maintenance and repair work. In those cases, the CDOT sends out a notice to the media and publishes an alert on the list it keeps on its website.

Each closure notice includes the name of the street and a link to its city information, the type of closure (like "lane" or "street"), a brief description of the closure (like "between 1-77 Northbound off ramp to 1-77 Southbound on ramp") and the start and anticipated end date of each closure.

CDOT Interactive Street Closure Map: The CDOT website also includes an interactive map that allows drivers to access news of scheduled construction-related closures and detours that impact Charlotte traffic. Users just click on spots on the map to receive more information. 

Drivers can also find notice of road closures or other traffic issues caused by unexpected winter weather or other hazardous driving conditions on the CDOT website.

Special event alerts: Parades, festivals and other special events may also affect street closings. When closures are necessary, CDOT publishes notices on its website.

Notify Me by text: CDOT also offers citizens the chance to sign up to receive street closure notifications via text or email through its Notify Me program. To sign up for this option, click the Notify Me tab on the CDOT News and Street Closings page.