Made in America Road Closures and SEPTA Detours: What You Need to Know

Here's what to expect as the Benjamin Franklin Parkway braces for crowds gathering for performances from Rihanna and Coldplay, among others.

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The 2016 Made in America road closures are already underway as the Benjamin Franklin Parkway braces for rowdy crowds expected this Labor Day weekend, gathering for performances from artists like Rihanna, Coldplay, 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne, among others.

The festival will take place this Saturday and Sunday. Closures began yesterday and will continue through September 6th, so travelers should expect traffic and congestion near the Parkway until then. SEPTA has also released its service plan for the festival, including late night service information and detoured bus routes.

Your best bet for getting to and from the festival is via the Broad Street and Market-Frankford subway lines, which will operate on regular Saturday and Sunday schedules with added trains. The Center City trolley tunnel will remain open on Sunday evening for routes 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36. Regional Rail will run on regular Saturday and Sunday schedules will added trains.

Here’s a full list of Made in America road closures, as released by the city:

Sunday, August 28th: Two lanes of Eakins Oval in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum will be closed as needed starting at 7 a.m. This closure will continue, as necessary, through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6th.

Monday, August 29th: Spring Garden Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed starting at 7 a.m. This closure will continue through 5 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6th.

Tuesday, August 30th: Parking will be prohibited on Pennsylvania Avenue from 22nd Street to 23rd Street (south side) as well as Park Towne Place from 22nd Street to 24th Street (north side) starting at 7 a.m.

These restrictions will continue through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6th:

Wednesday, August 31st: The inner lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and Eakins Oval will be closed starting at 10 a.m. Cross traffic on numbered streets will be permitted. This closure will continue through 5 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6th.

Thursday, September 1st: 22nd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be reduced to one running lane starting at 7 p.m. This closure will continue through 5 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6th.

Friday, September 2nd: The following streets will be closed starting at 10 a.m.:

  • Outer lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and Eakins Oval
  • 23rd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • 22nd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Park Towne Place
  • 21st Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Winter Street
  • Kelly Drive outbound from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue

Additionally, starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 2nd, due to the closure of the outer lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, traffic headed inbound (to Center City) from Spring Garden Street Bridge or Martin Luther King Drive must exit Eakins Oval on the 24th Street ramp. Traffic headed inbound on Kelly Drive must exit Kelly Drive at Fairmount Avenue.

Saturday, September 3rd: The full extent of road closures around the festival site will begin at 10 a.m. and remain through the duration of the event. A complete list of road closures and no parking restrictions is outlined below:

  • The entire width of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, beginning at 20th Street extending through Eakins Oval (25th Street) and behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • 21st Street between Winter & Spring Garden Streets
  • 22nd Street between Race Street & Fairmount Avenue
  • 23rd Street between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Fairmount Avenue
  • 24th Street between Fairmount & Pennsylvania Avenues
  • Spring Garden Street, between 20th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, including the Spring Garden Street Tunnel.
  • Kelly Drive between 23rd Street & Fairmount Avenue
  • Martin Luther King Drive between the Falls Bridge & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Pennsylvania Avenue between Hamilton & Fairmount Avenues
  • 2000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue between the Whole Foods store & 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 & 24th Streets
  • I-676 westbound off-ramp at 22nd Street (I-676 eastbound off-ramp at 23rd Street will be open)

No Parking:

  • Pennsylvania Avenue between 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue (south side of street)
  • Winter Street between 20th & 22nd Streets (both sides of street)
  • 20th Street between Vine & Callowhill Streets (east side of street)
  • 21st Street between Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Race Street (both sides of street)
  • 22nd Street between Winter & Spring Garden Streets (both sides of street)
  • Park Towne Place between 22nd & 24th Streets (both sides of street)

Here’s a list of bus detours, as announced by SEPTA:

Bus Detours
Due to road closures, Bus Routes 7, 32, 33, 38, 43 and 48 will be re-routed around the Parkway for concert set-up, the concert and clean-up.

  • Route 43 will be detoured from 7 a.m. on Monday, August 29th until 5 a.m. on Monday, September 5th.
  • Route 38 will be detoured from 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 31st until 5 a.m. Monday, September 5th.
  • Routes 7, 32 and 48 will be detoured from 7 p.m., Thursday, September 1st until 5 a.m. Monday, September 5th.
  • Route 33 will be detoured from 10 a.m. Friday, September 2nd until 5 a.m. Monday, September 5th.

Bus detour updates are through the System Status feature on SEPTA’s website. The Customer Service Call Center hours will be extended for the festival from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Customers can reach representatives are 215-580-7800.

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