Road Closures for Obama Visit Cause Major Traffic Delays

Pretty much every road near the Art Museum is jammed. Thanks, Obama!

President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art today is already causing major traffic snarls.

Road closures in place for the president’s visit as well as a multi-vehicle crash on I-76 East near Fairmount Park earlier this morning have led to significant delays on almost every road surrounding the Art Museum area.

Road closures that went in place as early as 6 a.m. this morning include:

  • The entire area surrounding Eakins Oval and all roadways leading to the Oval are closed. Traffic is being detoured away from the area.
  • Kelly Drive is detoured inbound at Fairmount Avenue.
  • Martin Luther King Drive and Spring Garden traffic are both being detoured onto I-676.

Drivers are encouraged to use I-76, Ridge Avenue or Broad Street to enter Center City. Traffic is currently at a crawl along Fairmount Avenue.

Obama will campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at 1:45 p.m. today, and gates will open at 11:15 a.m. Some commuters aren’t giving him the warmest welcome.

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