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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – As the Democratic National Convention comes to a close, Charlotte area residents are preparing for life to return to normal.
At the airport Thursday, traffic flowed easily through the usual drop-off and pick-up locations, but changes will be in effect Friday as DNC travelers leave by the thousands.
All day Friday, commercial vehicles will only be able to travel through the upper level of the airport. Personal vehicles must stay on the lower deck for both departures and arrivals. The modified routes will end by Saturday.
"It's been actually really amazing," said DNC visitor Stephen Ewashkiw, when asked about his experience at CLT airport. He and his wife beat the rush by leaving Charlotte on Thursday.
While Ewashkiw traveled easily through the airport, he said getting around Charlotte in a rental car was a different story. He stayed in Concord and drove to uptown each day for Convention proceedings.
"It took a little bit for us to see the beauty of Charlotte, because it was so frustrating to go anywhere and do anything. And I don't really understand how people who live here are surviving this week," said Ewashkiw.
Frustrated residents will soon breathe a sigh of relief. All uptown road closures are scheduled to be lifted by 9 am Friday. Light rail stations in uptown will also end Friday morning, and the temporary transit center at 3rd and Mint Streets will close, as CATS buses return to their permanent center off Trade St.