DNC traffic woes: Take extra time to get around uptown

DNC traffic woes: Take extra time to get around uptown

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by Tony Burbeck / NewsChannel 36

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Posted on September 4, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 4 at 11:27 PM

Traffic was pretty hectic in uptown Tuesday with people returning from the holiday weekend and landing right in the middle of the Democratic National Convention.

There were some changes for the sake of security. Typically, South Tryon Street is a two-way street, but for the next few days, it is only one-way, going northbound only.

Some of the parking and driving restrictions have moved further out from the area around Time Warner Cable Arena.

A sign at College and Moorhead warned drivers that all vehicles would be searched.

A couple of blocks from there, a blockade has been constructed where officers can examine cars one by one.

Other roads were blocked so that drivers would have to make left or right turns to get to their destination.

Some Charlotte workers stayed on vacation to avoid the traffic tie-ups. But for those who braved the extra security, protesters and traffic, it was a little tougher day.

"It's harder today because of the protesters," said John Harkey, who gets around in a wheelchair. "Normally I would take a different route getting home. (The police) had to turn us around and take us a different direction."

You can expect to pay $25 to $30 to park in uptown during the DNC, and that's per time you enter, not a daily rate.

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