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Congestion concerns: Charlotte-area traffic raises worries about luring businesses (access required)

By Caitlin Coakley Leaving the office to go home after a long workday is a welcome feeling. Sitting in stop-and-go traffic for half an hour or more, less so. “After work, all I want is to get home to the couch,” said Eric Morris, who works Uptown and lives in the Ballantyne area. “But some days it takes me an hour before I make it home because of traffic on (Interstate) 485. I dread the drive.” While traffic in the Charlotte area has not become the nightmare it is in cities like Atlanta or Washington, D.C., some are concerned that if traffic congestion continues to worsen, businesses may be less inclined to open a Charlotte office. “When we’re recruiting companies, it’s one of the things they ask,” Natalie English, senior vice president of public policy at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, said in early June. “If congestion and long commutes are an issue, then companies may not want to come here.”

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