Big delays expected to get worse for drivers, pedestrians around DNC

Big delays expected to get worse for drivers, pedestrians around DNC


by Tony Burbeck / NewsChannel 36

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Posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 4 at 11:40 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There are several new street closures affecting how you'll be able to get around uptown Tuesday.

The I-277 East ramp to College Street is closing, and so is College Street, among others.

But even the best laid plans run into problems with large crowds and bad weather.

South College at Stonewall was supposed to close Monday night, but that didn't happen as planned.

The DNC transportation plan called for an 8 p.m. closure to street traffic and public street parking.

The concern: Crews were working in the middle of the street a few blocks up putting in one of a handful of traffic checkpoints.

But the cars kept coming.

You can call Joyce Bolton a DNC crossing guard.

She helped guide visitors across streets near the convention center all day.

She said the most-asked question is where to park -- and the most-viewed issue is inattentive driving.

"They're looking at the stoplights and not paying attention to the police, so they'll get fussed at," Bolton said.

"I've been walking around for an hour and a half now," said visitor Trinity Stephens. "It is hard getting around now."

She was one of thousands who came uptown Monday for the first day of the DNC.

Her advice for people coming here Tuesday? Plan on it taking longer than you think to get around.

Bolton said with more closures, blockades, checkpoints and people coming back to work after Labor Day, "It's going to be chaotic."