City Announces Road Closures for Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend

For Immediate Release: November 17, 2016
Published By: Office of the Mayor
Contact: Ajeenah Amir, (215) 686-6210, Ajeenah.Amir@phila.gov

PHILADELPHIA (November 17 – November 20, 2016) – City of Philadelphia officials would like to remind residents that streets will be closed in many parts of the city in connection with the 23rd annual Philadelphia Marathon on the weekend of November 18 – 20. Delays can be expected. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes, avoid areas along the race course, allow for extra driving time and proceed with caution during Race Weekend. Due to increased security in the Parkway area, parking and traffic regulations will be strictly enforced. Street closures are implemented on a rolling basis and will occur as runners go by. City officials urge motorists to refrain from double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal.

Some of the major areas impacted include:

  • The Benjamin Franklin Parkway Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20
  • Citywide along the 26.2-mile route of the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 20
  • The I-676 off-ramps at 22nd Street (westbound) and 23rd Street (eastbound) will be closed on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20 after 4 a.m. for event security preparation. Ramps at 15th/Broad may also close, if needed.

Friday, November 18
The outer lanes of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., on Friday, November 18. At 3:30 p.m., all lanes will be opened for the afternoon rush hour.

Saturday, November 19
For the Half Marathon, due to enhanced security, City of Philadelphia “no-parking” regulations will be enforced strictly and all vehicles on the race route will be relocated, beginning at 2 a.m. on Saturday, November 19.  Drivers impacted are encouraged to contact Philadelphia Parking Authority at 215-683-9550.

Street closures will be in effect for the Philadelphia Half Marathon, Rothman Institute 8K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, from 2 a.m. until 3 p.m., along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between 20th to 25th Streets, and also on Kelly Drive, Martin Luther King Drive, and numerous other roads in Center City (see complete list below). Signage labeled “no parking” will be posted in the Parkway area, and elsewhere, along the race course in advance. On Saturday, the vicinity near 18th Street and the Parkway, and the Logan Circle area will be closed to vehicular traffic until 11:30 a.m.

 The following streets will be affected across the city on Saturday, November 19

  • 18th Street, from Arch to Callowhill Streets
  • 19th Street, from Arch to Callowhill Streets
  • 20th Street, from Arch to Callowhill Streets
  • 21st Street, from Spring Garden to Arch Streets
  • 22nd Street, from Spring Garden to Arch Streets
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway, from 16th to 22nd Streets
  • Arch Street, from 6th to 16th Street
  • 6th Street, from Race to Market Streets
  • Market Street, from 5th to 17th Streets
  • East Penn Square
  • John F. Kennedy Blvd., from Juniper to 17th Streets
  • 15th Street, from Race to Chestnut Streets
  • 16th Street, from Chestnut to Race Streets
  • Lansdowne Drive, from Girard Avenue to South Concourse Drive
  • Lansdowne Drive, to Centennial Circle
  • Black Road
  • Martin Luther King Drive
  • Green Drive, Ford Road, Chamounix Drive
  • Strawberry Mansion Drive, Dauphin Drive, Reservoir Drive
  • Edgely Drive, Randolph Drive, Mt. Pleasant Drive, Fountain Green Drive
  • Kelly Drive

Motorists and pedestrians can expect significant delays when trying to cross roads or streets that are adjacent to the course. Police will allow traffic through intersections along the course, when possible, depending on the flow of the race participants. All streets are scheduled to be reopened by 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 19.

Sunday, November 20
For the Philadelphia Marathon, due to enhanced security, City of Philadelphia “no-parking” regulations will be enforced strictly and all vehicles on the race route will be relocated, beginning at 2 a.m. on Sunday.  Drivers impacted are encouraged to contact Philadelphia Parking Authority at 215-683-9550.   In addition, on Sunday, the Parkway, from 20th to 25th Streets, will be closed, from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other streets along the race course will reopen as runners pass by and the streets are cleaned.

  The following streets will be affected across the city on November 20:

  • 18th Street, from Arch to Callowhill Streets
  • 19th Street, from Arch to Callowhill Streets
  • 20th Street, from Arch to Callowhill Streets
  • 21st Street, from Spring Garden to Arch streets
  • 22nd Street, from Spring Garden to Arch Streets
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway, from 22nd to 16th Streets
  • Arch Street, between 16th to 3rd Streets
  • 4th Street, between Arch to Vine Streets
  • Race Street, from 6th Street to Columbus Boulevard
  • Columbus Boulevard (Southbound lanes), from Vine Street to Washington Avenue
  • Southbound off-ramp, from I-95 at Washington Avenue
  • Washington Avenue, from Columbus Boulevard to Front Street
  • Front Street, from Washington Avenue to South Street
  • South Street, from Front to 7th Streets
  • 6th Street, from Bainbridge to Market Streets
  • Chestnut Street, from 6th to 34th Streets
  • 34th Street, Chestnut Street to Girard Avenue
  • Lansdowne Drive, from Girard Avenue to South Concourse Drive
  • South Concourse Drive, from Lansdowne to West Memorial Hall Drives
  • West Memorial Hall Drive, from South Concourse to Avenue of the Republic
  • Avenue of the Republic, from West Memorial Hall Drive to Catholic Foundtain
  • Belmont Avenue, Montgomery to Parkside Avenue
  • Black Road
  • Martin Luther King Drive
  • Kelly Drive
  • The Falls Bridge
  • Ridge Avenue, from Schoolhouse Lane to Manayunk Avenue
  • Main Street, from Ridge Avenue to Green Lane

Motorists and pedestrians can expect significant delays when trying to cross roads or streets that are adjacent to the course. Police will allow traffic through intersections along the course, when possible, depending on the flow of the race participants. All streets are scheduled to be reopened by 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 20

For more information on marathon-related streets closures, visit www.philadelphiamarathon.com

The cultural institutions along or near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will experience the greatest impact of the race. They generally will maintain normal weekend hours of operation on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20. These institutions include: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University , (www.ansp.org), Barnes Foundation (www.barnesfoundation.org), Fairmount Water Works, (http://www.fairmountwaterworks.org/), The Franklin Institute (www.fi.edu), Free Library of Philadelphia/Parkway Central Library (www.freelibrary.org), The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia Museum of Art & the Perelman Building Annex (www.philamuseum.org), Rodin Museum (www.rodinmuseum.org), and. Eastern State Penitentiary (www.easternstate.org)

Parking may be available at or near the cultural institutions, but using public transportation is strongly encouraged. Please refer to the institutions’ individual websites for information on exhibit hours, ticket-admission and parking accommodations, or go to parkwaymuseumsdistrict.org.

About the Philadelphia Marathon:
The Philadelphia Marathon weekend, organized by the Office of the City Representative and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, welcomes nearly 30,000 runners, 60,000 spectators, and 3,000 volunteers each year. Race Weekend 2016 features the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 20; the Half Marathon, Rothman Institute 8K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, November 19; and a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19. Race participants pass many of Philadelphia’s famous attractions on the swift and scenic USATF-certified course, which is a Boston qualifier. Take the first step to experiencing 26.2 miles of fun, beauty, history and excitement by registering at philadelphiamarathon.com.

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