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Security Measures for the Pope's Visit

Pope Francis' two-day visit to Philadelphia in September is prompting unprecedented traffic and transportation-control measures.

A three-square-mile section of Center City and West Philadelphia, called "the traffic box" by Mayor Nutter, will be closed to incoming traffic beginning on the evening of Friday, Sept. 25. Vehicles within the box may move freely during the papal visit but may not return once they exit. Some roads within the box will be restricted to emergency vehicles.

Pedestrians and bicycle traffic should be allowed to move freely into and outside of the box, in most cases, according to Mayor Nutter.

Major highways will also close to motor vehicles during the pope's visit, including the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the Schuylkill Expressway, the Vine Street Expressway, and sections of City Avenue. Three lanes of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge will be open to pedestrians.

The map shows road restrictions, transit stations that will remain open during the papal visit, and locations at which Pope Francis will hold events. Click on the icons on the map for more information.


SOURCES: Mayor's Office; PennDOT; Delaware River Regional Port Authority

The Philadelphia Inquirer