Heavy rains cause traffic headaches in the Triangle

From staff reportsMay 6, 2013 

Westbound traffic on I-440 backed up for miles on Monday, May 6, 2013, as standing water blocked the middle lane of travel near Ridge Road. This screen grab from a N.C. Department of Transportation traffic camera shows delayed traffic at 3:10 p.m. near Six Forks Road after heavy rains fell throughout the Triangle.

COURTESY OF NCDOT

Westbound traffic on Interstate 440 backed up for miles on Monday afternoon as standing water blocked the middle lane of travel near Ridge Road, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Delays stretched from Ridge Road past Six Forks Road to Wake Forest Road after heavy rains fell throughout the Triangle earlier in the afternoon.

By 5 p.m., wrecks on the western portions of I-440 west added to the headaches caused by the standing water.

Earlier Monday, accidents on both sides of I-440 near Wade Avenue slowed traffic, but no life-threatening injuries were reported.

The first accident happened on the westbound side of I-440 about 10:50 a.m., the state Department of Transportation reported.

While police and fire units were dealing with that accident, another occurred about 20 minutes later on the eastbound side, officials said.

Both were about at Mile Marker 4, DOT said.

Light rain and fog were reported in the area at the time.

By about 1 p.m. Monday, Wade Avenue area was free of accidents, according to traffic monitoring software.

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