The Non-Runner’s Guide to Avoiding the Philadelphia Marathon


OK, fine. In deference to our awesomely toned Be Well Philly colleagues, who are warming up in the halls as we speak, we’ll pretend to be excited about 30,000 shuffling, sweaty people clogging up half the city for most of the weekend. Here’s your day-by-day guide to road closures, courtesy of the Police Department:

The inner lanes of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Friday, November 16 through Sunday, November 18.

Citywide along the 26.2-mile route of the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 18.

The inner drives of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., on Friday, November 16. At 3:30 p.m., two of the westbound lanes will be opened for the afternoon rush hour. At 6:30 p.m., the inner lanes of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed continuously, from 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 16 through the completion of Marathon Weekend on Sunday, November 18, and will be reopen on Sunday, November 18 at 4 p.m.

Street closures will be in effect — from 4 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 17 — in the vicinity of Eakins Oval (on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (from 18th Street to Eakins Oval) and also near Martin Luther King Drive.

On Sunday, November 18, streets will be closed, from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. near Eakins Oval and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, from 20th Street to Eakins Oval (23rd Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway).

The following streets will be closed at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, November 18, and will reopen, as runners pass through the race course. All race routes will remain closed until 4 p.m.

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 4th streets

4th Street Arch to Vine streets

Race Street, from 4th Street to Columbus Boulevard

Columbus Boulevard (Southbound lanes), 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, Front to 6th streets

6th Street, Bainbridge to Market streets

Chestnut Street, 6th to 34th streets

34th Street, Chestnut Street to Girard Avenue

Lansdowne Drive, Girard Avenue to South Concourse Drive

South Concourse Drive, Lansdowne Drive to West Memorial Hall Drive

West Memorial Hall Drive, South Concourse to Avenue of the Republic

Avenue of the Republic, West Memorial Hall Drive to Centennial Circle

Old Lansdowne Drive to the Sweetbriar Loop

Black Road

Martin Luther King Drive

Kelly Drive

The Falls Bridge

Ridge Avenue, Schoolhouse Lane to Manayunk Avenue

Main Street, Ridge Avenue to Green Lane

Motorists and pedestrians can expect significant delays when trying to cross roads on or 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 that are not a part of the official marathon race route will be reopened by at least 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 18.