Thursday, July 2, 2015

Heavy traffic expected near Parkway for parades, run


There's plenty to see and do on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this weekend -- but drivers should know that some closures and heavy traffic are expected.

On Saturday, the Ratha-Yatra Parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. The parade route starts on the 1600 block of the Parkway, goes west around the north side of Logan Circle and continues west on the inner drive of the Parkway to Eakins Oval.

Philadelphia police said set up for the event will begin at 7 a.m., near the Parkway and Cherry Street.

On Sunday, the Parkway Run will take place on the road between Logan Circle and Eakins Oval. Last year, 9,000 people participated in the event.

The run begins at 8 a.m. and is expected to finish by 9:30 a.m., when set-up for the Puerto Rican Day parade will begin. 

The parade runs from noon to about 3 p.m.

Philadelphia police say officers will be assigned to all the events, and motorists should expect heavy traffic in the area.

SEPTA said a number of bus detours will be in effect on Sunday due to the parade. Bus routes 2, 7, 32, 33, 38, 43 and 48 will have detours in parts of Center City starting at 9 a.m., with normal service resuming by late afternoon.

Other bus detours will be in effect for other Puerto Rican Day events. The transit agency said routes 39, 47, 54, 56, 57, 60 and 89 will see detours between Front and 7th streets and Lehigh and Wyoming avenues, beginning around noon.

Extra police officers are expected at the Puerto Rican Day parade this year, after last year's event gained national attention due to a widely distributed video of an officer hitting a woman.

Contact Emily Babay at 215-854-2153 or Follow @emilybabay on Twitter.

Contact the Breaking News Desk at 215-854-2443 or Follow @phillynews on Twitter.

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