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The Mayor’s Office has announced a series of road closures that will be needed before and during the two-dayt 2017 Budweiser Made in America Music Festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway over the Labor Day weekend.
Several road closures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and in sections of the Fairmount neighborhood began Sunday, and the number of street closings and parking restrictions will increase each day to support venue construction and preparations. The closed roads will re-open prior to morning rush hour on Tuesday, Sept. 5, following the festival, but a few parking and travel lane restrictions will remain in place until around noon that day.
“Delays can be expected during the course of the event construction set-up and during festival days,” the Mayor’s Office said in a statement. “Motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes, and allow for extra driving time… Please refrain from double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal.”
Closures and other restrictions follow:
Now until noon, Sept. 5
- Two lanes of Eakins Oval in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum
- Spring Garden Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Tuesday, Aug. 29 until noon Sept. 5
- Parking prohibited on Pennsylvania Avenue from 22nd Street to 23rd Street (south side) and Park Towne Place from 22nd Street to 24th Street (north side)
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m. – Sept. 5, at 5 a.m.
- The inner lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between 20th Street and Eakins Oval,
- Cross traffic on numbered streets will be permitted
Thursday, Aug. 31 – Sept. 5, at 5 a.m.
- 22nd Street reduced to one running lane between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Friday, Sept. 1, 10 a.m. – Sept. 5, at 5 a.m.
- Outer lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between 20th Street and Eakins Oval
- 23rd Street, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
- 22nd Street, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Park Towne Place
- 21st Street, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Winter Street
- Kelly Drive outbound, from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue
- Outer lane of MLK Drive adjacent to Paine’s Park
- Due to the closure of the outer lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, traffic headed inbound (to Center City), from Spring Garden Street Bridge or Martin Luther King Drive, must exit Eakins Oval on the 24th Street ramp. Traffic headed inbound on Kelly Drive must exit Kelly Drive at Fairmount Avenue.
Sat., Sept. 2, at 10 a.m. – Sept. 5, at 5 a.m.
The full extent of road closures will be implemented and remain through the duration of the event. The road closures will includes the entire width of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, beginning at 20th Street extending through Eakins Oval (25th Street) and behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The rear of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be accessible to museum guests via Fairmount Avenue, to Pennsylvania Avenue, to 25th Street.
The rest of the closures are:
- 21st Street, between Winter & Spring Garden Streets
- 22nd Street, between Race Street & Fairmount Avenue
- 23rd Street, between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Fairmount Avenue
- 24th Street, between Fairmount & Pennsylvania Avenues
- Spring Garden Street, between 20th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, including the Spring Garden Street Tunnel.
- Spring Garden St Bridge. The Mayor’s office said the city hopes to keep this bridge open during Philadelphia Art Museum operating hours on Sept. 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but it may be forced to close during periods of heavy pedestrian traffic.
- Kelly Drive, between 23rd Street & Fairmount Avenue
- Martin Luther King Drive, between the Falls Bridge & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
- Pennsylvania Avenue, between Hamilton & 25th Street
- 2000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, between the Whole Foods store & 21st Street. The eastern half of the block, from the Whole Foods Market to 20th Street, will remain open to allow access to the store.
- Park Towne Place, between 22nd & 24 Streets.
The Mayor’s Office also released information on the public transit and the parking that will be available during the music festival.
Broad Street and Market Frankford Lines: Local train service will operate on a normal weekend schedule Saturday and Sunday. Race-Vine and City Hall Stations on the Broad Street Line and 15th Street Station on the Market Frankford Line provide easy walking access to the festival gates on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Broad Street and Market Frankford Lines will offer overnight service as usual on Saturday.
Regional Rail: Late-night train service will be available on SEPTA’s Regional Rail Lines on Saturday and Sunday nights departing from Jefferson, Suburban and 30th Street Stations. Special schedules will be posted in stations and are also available online at: www.septa.org/events. If the concert runs late on Saturday or Sunday, these trains will be held for approximately 20 minutes after the concert ends. Parking is free at all SEPTA-owned Regional Rail lots on weekends. Parking lot location information is available online at: www.septa.org/parking.
Trolley: Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 15, 34 and 36 offer service to and from the concert, with 19th and 22nd Street Stations providing easy walking access to Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Trolley Route 15 connects with Broad Street and Market Frankford Line service at Girard Avenue.
Buses: Due to festival-related street closures, SEPTA Routes 7, 32, 33, 38, 43 and 48 will be detoured from their normal routes through the Benjamin Franklin Parkway area beginning at 10 on Friday, Sept. 2 through 5 a.m. on Sept. 5. Specific route changes are available on the System Status Page at www.septa.org
SEPTA Customer Service will extend its hours of operation on Saturday and Sunday, with phone and online agents available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Customer service can be reached at 215-580-7800 and directly on Twitter @septa_social. For more information on SEPTA and NJ Transit routes and schedules during Labor Day weekend, visit www.septa.org or call 215-580-7800, and www.njtransit.org or call 973-275-5555.
PHLASH transportation is an inexpensive way to visit key attractions in Center City and the Parkway vicinity, with stops at 22 locations including many in Center City. Find PHLASH on the go, with live updates at RidePhillyPHLASH.com and visit www.phillyphlash.com for a schedule and route details.
Rideshare: Taxi, Uber, and Lfyt designated drop off and pick up locations are along the 2100 block of Spring Garden Street and the 1900 block of Arch Street
If driving, commercial off-street parking lots and garages are located on or near the Parkway. Contact individual facilities in advance for rates and availability, or visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s website at www.philapark.org for a list of parking options.
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