Road Closings


Road Closures for The “Women’s March in Philadelphia” Saturday Jan 21st

On Saturday, January 21st, the “Women’s March in Philadelphia” demonstration will take place on Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Eakins Oval. To ensure the safety of participants and the public, road closures and parking restrictions will be implemented in the vicinity of the event. Delays can be expected during the course of the demonstration. Motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes, and allow for extra driving time in areas near the event. Please refrain from double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal.
Road Closures
Participants in the march will assemble at Logan Circle, Aviator Park and Benjamin Franklin Parkway beginning at 7:00AM. The march portion of the demonstration will commence at 10:00AM. The march will start at 20 th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway and proceed westbound to Eakins Oval, where the rally portion of the demonstration will commence at 12:00PM. The demonstration is scheduled to conclude at 3:00PM.
The following streets will be closed starting at 6:55AM until approximately 12:00PM on Saturday, January 21st :
– Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 16th Street and 20th Street (including Logan Circle)
– 19th Street between Race Street and Vine Street
– Race Street between 20th Street and Logan Circle
Streets closed for the march assembly will open as they are cleared.
The following streets will be closed starting at 6:55AM until approximately 4:00PM on Saturday, January 21st:
– Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and Eakins Oval (all lanes)
– 21st Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Winter Street
– 22nd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Race Street
– 23rd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
– Spring Garden Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
– Kelly Drive (outbound) from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue
– Martin Luther King Drive between Eakins Oval and Sweet Briar Drive
– Spring Garden Street Bridge at 31st Street
20th Street will be temporarily closed between Callowhill Street and Race Street during the march from approximately 10:00AM to 12:00PM, but will otherwise remain open to traffic.
Starting at 6:55AM on Saturday, January 21st, due to the closure of the outer lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, traffic headed inbound on Kelly Drive must exit Kelly Drive at Fairmount Avenue.
Those wishing to access the rear of the Philadelphia Museum of Art may continue to 25th Street and turn on Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive.
Parking Restrictions
The following streets will be posted as “Temporary No Parking” zones from 5:00AM-2:00PM on
Saturday, January 21st :
– Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 16 th Street to 20 th Streets (both sides of the street)
– 20th Street from Race Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway (east side of the street)
– 19th Street from Cherry Street to Vine Street (both sides of the street)
– 18th Street from Arch Street to Vine Street (both sides of the street)
– 17th Street from Race Street to Arch Street (both sides of the street)
– 1600 Cherry Street (both sides of the street)
The following streets will be posted as “Temporary No Parking” zones from 5:00AM-6:00PM on
Saturday, January 21st :
– Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20 th Street to Eakins Oval (all lanes; both sides)
– 21st Street between Pennsylvania Avenue & Race Street (both sides of street)
– 22nd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Winter Street (both sides of street)
– Park Towne Place between 22nd & 24th Streets (north side of the street)
– Sedgley Drive from Kelly Drive to Poplar Drive (both sides of the street)
– 2100-2200 Spring Garden Street (north side of the street)
Please obey all “Temporary No Parking” signs. Vehicles parked in these locations during posted hours will be relocated.
Public Transportation
Due to related street closures, SEPTA Bus Routes 7, 32, 33, 38, 43 and 48 will be detoured from their normal routes through the Benjamin Franklin Parkway area beginning at 7:00AM on Saturday, January 21st through 6:00PM. Detours will be posted and specific route changes are available on the System Status Page at www.septa.org.

#PopeinPhilly Potential Road Closings, The Parkway Fence and The Pope’s Schedule

If you’ve been following me on Twitter and on FB you know for the past month I’ve been fairly clear on what to expect during the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families.  (In fact June 16 I did mention the road closing when the Mayor released the Transit Report for the Pope’s stay. and the Mayor hinted to be prepared to walk up to 3 miles on that day.) Most of this is just affecting Center City, and we in Center City are a hardy bunch. We like when things out of the ordinary happen, but we want to know about it first. There’s nothing worse than getting stuck in traffic because a parade, protest or someone is installing an HVAC system on a new high rise building downtown happens and we don’t know about it; We want to know which streets to avoid in those cases, so we can get where we’re going, or maybe so we can watch. Most of this security is for the people, to have order when you have a million plus in one location. I went to Times Square for New Year’s Eve once, they lock down midtown/Times Square in a similar fashion. It’s about safety, not inconvenience, and for the Pope’s Mass and Pope Mobile drive as pictured below.
NBC10 mentioned the fence was going to happen, but I’ve filled in the info about where it’s going and which streets are closing.  

Earlier this week officials released the Pope’s USA Schedule. I was kinda surprised it was so detailed included what airport he was landing at. The good thing is hopefully we can line the street at some of these locations to get a glimpse.

Saturday, Sept. 26
8:40 a.m. Departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport
9:30 a.m. Arrival at Atlantic Aviation, Philadelphia
10:30 a.m. Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. (For Clergy only I hear)
4:45 p.m. Visit to Independence Mall
7:30 p.m. Visit to the Festival of Families Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Sunday, Sept 27
9:15 a.m. Meeting with bishops at at St. Martin’s Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
11 a.m. Visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility
4 p.m. Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
7 p.m. Visit with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families, Atlantic Aviation
8 p.m. Departure for Rome

 If you’re leaving town leave on Wednesday or Thursday at the latest, but please give your place to a relative that wants to see the Pope; it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. The security measures are meant for the Pope, as much as for the million or so people who are coming into town. You know on any given day yahoo’s on our street drive aggressively, no matter what lies in their way, and people cross the street without a care in the world. Now imagine trying to corral a million people to stay on the sidewalks, and preventing drivers from yahooing through the City streets. Bike riding in Center City is fine, just not inside the fence.

There will be no private vehicles driven in Center City. Starting Friday after rush-hour, I hear all roads will be closed between Girard and South Streets, River to River, other closures are rumored to be rt 676 that connects the BF Bridge to the Schuykill. Which means the Ben Franklin Bridge will be closed. Maybe we can walk over it like we did during it’s 75th Birthday.  Folks in charge are calling this “Operation Pope Snow Storm.”

Because we love those epic snowstorms that cripple the City. We don’t complain when we don’t have to drive, or go to school, or work. I have heard the officials have been contacting business to explain to them how they will be affected, which ones might have to close, but all of them within these boundaries will not be allowed to get supplies in from Friday to Sunday night. That’s not a hardship, just schedule for extra deliveries on Thursday. Employees that’s another thing, I am hearing a lot of cots being set up in establishments. Some of the people I’ve talked to are upset about that, but again, this is a once in a lifetime experience. There really isn’t going to be a run on Whole Foods for butcher items.

In a nutshell there will be no vehicles allowed to drive between South and Girard Streets, River to River, and an 8 foot fence erected between 12th and Market Streets, up and around the Art Museum at about 26th and Kelly Drive. With at least a dozen entrance points. Besides the fence, it’s not a big deal if you live on the Parkway as this is an inconvenience we live with with every walk, parade or festival. Just avoid this area. And if you live in Center City, enjoy you’re walkable City for three days. (It’s not alike a blackout for 3 days like NYC has endured, twice; you will be able to get around)

This is the double fence for Made In America, Pope In Philly Phence will be located in a similar spot. I’ll be enjoying the view from my balcony. Oh wait I’ve been credentialed, I’ll be photographing the Pope. It’s literally one of the happiest days in my life when I found out.

It’s going to be a special fence.  There will be one around Independence Hall and The PA Convention Center too. #NBD we go through security and into the fenced in stadiums to see sports teams and concerts.

You will have to go through security to get into this area, but I can assure you there will be heavy security to even get through the outer perimeter, with lots of security sweeps. I think this is great. I’m very excited for the Pope’s visit and this is no more inconvenient than when Made in America plays in my front yard. If you don’t like crowds there will be giant Jumbo TV’s set up in various areas around the City, a few of the parks, as well as along the Parkway which they do for large events.

The road closures begin on Friday, so make sure if you’re leaving for the weekend, leave on Thursday at the latest. (Schools will be closed Friday I hear, and I think on Monday as well.) It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, and an amazing economic impact for Philadelphia.

 I hear the stage for the Pope will be located on Eakins Oval, not the Steps. But the Concert will take place on the Steps. The Pope Mobile is coming too. I hope, pray and believe we will all get to see the his Holy Father. Then a month later the Dali Lama comes.
Also the City will be issuing Camping Permits for City Parks.
There will be misting stations for the hot weather and well in case your camping and you just want to feel fresh.

Kenneth Lipp  at Philadelphia Declaration has a photo of the fence I heard about too.


The Holy Father will be joining us in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families in 2015!

The Holy Father will be joining us in Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families. We look forward to welcoming Pope Francis not only to Philadelphia for the first time, but to the U.S!