CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) - Concord police blocked entrances at Concord Mills Mall for a time to clear up heavy traffic in the area Friday night.
According to the Concord Police Department, officers blocked the three entrances into Concord Mills Mall from Concord Mills Blvd. The police department took control of the intersections to free up stagnate travel lanes.
Around 7:15 p.m., police tweeted that drivers and shoppers could expect this to continue for 45 minutes. The mall is still open, but resident should expect heavy delays to enter, according to police.
Around 8 p.m., police tweeted that the Concord Transportation Department is actively monitoring traffic signals around the mall and making adjustments “as best they can.”
Police say traffic volume exceeded boulevard and parking lot capacity. Drivers are asked to be patient as they try to get traffic moving again.
Around 8 p.m., police tweeted again stressing that Concord Mills Mall and surrounding shopping areas are private property, and that The police department is not able to shut down access to those areas or manage the number of patrons visiting their businesses.
Residents are asked to please avoid the area until officers can get traffic cleared out.
Finally, around 10 p.m., police tweeted that officers have returned the control of vehicle traffic back to the traffic signals. Police said all entrances were open with heavy traffic in the area. Residents were advised to drive with caution and be patient.