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Navigating Charlotte got trickier Sunday night as police blocked several streets ahead of DNC activity.
WBTV found crews putting up blockades along McDowell Street at the intersections of 4th and 3rd Streets near the Mecklenburg County Jail. It's just one of several areas where traffic will be restricted.
"I'm going down every half hour to check on it," said chauffeur Celestin Chicos from Atlanta. "Now I have to say, if you don't have business down there -- don't go," he said.
Chicos just finished working in Tampa, and told WBTV he feels like Charlotte may be better prepared. His approach is simple. "You go as far as you can, and you can walk," he said.
"I think it's going to be crazy," said Charlotte resident Kara Horn. "But there are routes you can take to avoid it," she added. Horn plans to avoid the traffic snarl altogether. She rearranged her work schedule to be off during the DNC.
For her, this week will be a vacation. For Chicos, it's a paycheck.