Saturday, May 23, 2015

‘Made in America’ street closures, SEPTA detours

Made In America will change traffic patterns around the Art Museum area. (Ron Tarver / file photo)
Made In America will change traffic patterns around the Art Museum area. (Ron Tarver / file photo)

The City of Philadelphia has released a list of street closures that will go into effect for the Budweiser Made in America festival this Labor Day weekend.

In addition, SEPTA has announced transit service adjustments to accommodate the concert, to be held Saturday and Sunday on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Two lanes of traffic in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum were closed at 5 a.m. Wednesday, kicking off a process of gradual road closures along the Parkway and in sections of Fairmount to accommodate construction of the venue and setup, the city announced in a press release.

The inner lanes of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 22nd Street to Eakins Oval will close Thursday.

During Friday morning rush hour, drivers on the Parkway headed toward Center City from the Spring Garden Street Bridge or Martin Luther King Drive will be required to exit Eakins Oval on the 24th Street ramp.

Traffic on Kelly Drive headed toward Center City must exit at Fairmount Avenue Friday morning.

By 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, the full set of street closures planned for the weekend concert will be in effect. The streets will remain closed until Tuesday, Sept. 2.

The closures include:

– The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, beginning at 20th Street, extending through Eakins Oval and behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art

– 21st Street between Winter and Spring Garden streets

– 22nd Street between Winter and Fairmount streets

– 23rd Street between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Fairmount Avenue

– 24th Street between Fairmount and Pennsylvania avenues

– 25th Street between Fairmount and Pennsylvania avenues

– Spring Garden Street between 20th and 31st streets, including the Spring Garden Street tunnel

– Kelly Drive between 23rd Street and Fairmount Avenue

– Martin Luther King Drive between the Falls Bridge and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

– Pennsylvania Avenue between Hamilton and Fairmount avenues

– The 2000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue between the Whole Foods market and 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 and 24th streets

– The I-676 Westbound off-ramp at 22nd Street (the I-676 Eastbound off-ramp at 23rd Street will remain open)

Motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes, if possible, and to allow for extra driving time in the area.

There will be “no parking” restrictions in effect at the following locations:

– Pennsylvania Avenue between 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue (south side of street)

– Winter Street between 20th and 22nd streets (both sides of street)

– 20th Street between Vine and Callowhill streets (east side of street)

– 21st Street between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Race Street (both sides of street)

– 22nd Street between Winter and Spring Garden streets (both sides of street)

– Park Towne Place between 22nd and 24th streets (both sides of street)

Train service on the SEPTA Broad Street Line subway and Market-Frankford el line will run all night Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Additional train service will be provided on both lines Saturday and Sunday, with trains on the Broad Street Line operating every five minutes between 11:55 a.m. and 8 p.m. and trains on the Market Frankford Line operating every five to seven minutes during those hours.

SEPTA will run additional late-night service on its Regional Rail lines Saturday and Sunday. Schedules have been posted at stations and are available online [PDF].

All SEPTA bus routes will operate on normal Saturday and Sunday schedules this weekend, though Routes 7, 32, 33, 38, 43 and 48 will be detoured from their normal routes around the Parkway from 10 a.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Tuesday due to concert-related street closures.

Specific bus route detour information is available on the system status section of SEPTA’s website.

The normal tunnel shutdown for SEPTA trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36 has been canceled for Sunday evening. Those trolleys will operate in the tunnel Sunday night.

SEPTA is encouraging riders to buy tokens and passes in advance to avoid lines and speed travel to and from the concert. The transit agency has posted a Made in America travel guide on its website.

Made in America festival gates open at noon both Saturday and Sunday, and acts are scheduled to perform from 2 p.m. through 11:59 p.m. Saturday and from 2 p.m. through 11 p.m. Sunday. A lineup is available here.

Entrances for general admission ticket holders will be located at 22nd Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and at 23rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Boundaries of the concert will be: 20th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Park Towne Place; Pennsylvania Avenue from 20th to 25th Street; the south side of Eakins Oval from Martin Luther King Drive to 24thStreet; and Park Towne Place from 24th to 20th Street.

More information about tickets, concessions and accommodations can be found on the Made in America festival website.


Contact Alex Wigglesworth at 215-854-2305 or awigglesworth@philly.com. Follow @phila_lex on Twitter.

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