Made in America Survival Guide: Road Closures, Parking and SEPTA
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Made in America road closures have already begun. Here’s what you need to know.
It’s that time of the year again: Labor Day, and thus Made in America — and thus a slew of road closures — are upon us.
The city has already begun shutting down streets for the Jay-Z-organized, two-day music festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Made in America will take place this coming Saturday and Sunday. Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj and Post Malone are set to headline. You can find the full lineup and more information about the festival here.
If you’re attending the event, you’re probably pretty excited right now. If not, you’re probably wondering how to best avoid the area. Here’s a list of Made in America road closures and parking restrictions for those who fit into the latter category — and a list of where you can park (and how to take public transit) for those who fit into the former.
Made in America Road Closures
Made in America road closures began rolling out in Fairmount this past Sunday, but the real doozies will begin on August 31st. Here’s the full schedule.
Phase 1: Starting at 7 a.m. on August 26th
- Two lanes of Eakins Oval in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum
Phase 2: Starting at 7 a.m. on August 27th
- Spring Garden Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Phase 3: Starting at 7 a.m. on August 28th
- Parking is prohibited on Pennsylvania Avenue from 22nd Street to 23rd Street (south side) and Park Towne Place from 22nd Street to 24th Street (north side)
Phase 4: Starting at 10 a.m. on August 29th
- The inner lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between 20th Street and Eakins Oval
- Cross traffic will be permitted on numbered streets
Phase 5: Starting at 7 p.m. on August 30th
- 22nd Street will be reduced to one running lane between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Phase 6: Starting at 10 a.m. on August 31st
- Outer lanes of the 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 the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue
- Outer lane of MLK Drive adjacent to Paine’s Park
Detour alert: Starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 31st, because of the closure of the outer lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, traffic headed inbound (to Center City), from the 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.
Phase 7: Starting at 10 a.m. on September 1st
- 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. (The rear of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be accessible to museum guests via Fairmount Avenue, to Pennsylvania Avenue, to 25th Street.)
- 21st Street, between Winter and Spring Garden Streets
- 22nd Street, between Race Street and Fairmount Avenue
- 23rd Street, between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Fairmount Avenue
- 24th Street, between Fairmount and Pennsylvania Avenues
- Spring Garden Street, between 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, including the Spring Garden Street Tunnel
- Spring Garden Street Bridge
- The city will attempt keep this bridge open during Philadelphia Art Museum operating hours on September 1st and 2nd (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), but it may be forced to close during periods of heavy pedestrian traffic.
- Kelly Drive, between 23rd Street and Fairmount Avenue
- Martin Luther King Drive, between the Falls Bridge and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
- Pennsylvania Avenue, between Hamilton and 25th Street
- 2000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, between the Whole Foods store and 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 and 24th Streets
- I-676 westbound off-ramp at 22nd Street
- I-676 eastbound off-ramp at 23rd Street will be open
All Made in America road closures and restrictions are expected to reopen by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4th. Traffic patterns should return to normal by morning rush hour that day.
Made in America On-Street Parking Restrictions
The following streets will be closed to parking through 11:59 p.m. on September 4th:
- Pennsylvania Avenue, between 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue (south side of street)
- Winter Street, between 20th and 22nd Streets (both sides of street)
- 20th Street, between Vine and Callowhill Streets (east side of street)
- 21st Street, between Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Race Street (both sides of street)
- 22nd Street, between Winter and Spring Garden Streets (both sides of street)
- Park Towne Place, between 22nd and 24th Streets (both sides of street)
Where You Can Park for Made in America
The Philadelphia Parking Authority has released a list of nearby parking locations and rates for Made in America:
Family Courthouse Garage, 1503-11 Arch St.
- Up to 1/2 hour: $6
- Up to 1 hour: $13
- Up to 1 1/2 hours: $19
- Up to 2 hours: $25
- Up to 12 hours: $27
- Up to 24 hours: $29
- Weekends: $11 (flat rate per day)
Philadelphia Gateway Parking Garage, 1540 Vine St.
- Up to 20 minutes: $3
- Each additional 20 minutes (or portion): $3
- Up to 10 hours: $16
- Over 10 hours: $20
- Evening rate (enter after 5 p.m., exit by 9 a.m.): $5
- Weekend rate (flat rate per day): $7
19th and Callowhill Street Lot, 1901 Callowhill St.
- Up to 1 hour: $6
- Up to 2 hours: $11
- Up to 12 hours: $17
- Up to 24 hours: $12
- Weekends: $12 (flat rate per day)
- Evening (enter after 5 p.m., exit by 9 a.m): $9
How to Take Public Transit for Made in America
Taxis, Uber and Lyft are your friends — but let’s remember that the streets around the festival will probably be really clogged. In that case, you can always opt for public transportation.
As always, check System Status or follow @SEPTA on Twitter for real-time service information.
Broad Street and Market-Frankford Subway Lines:
- Local train service will operate on a normal weekend schedule throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. For the Broad Street Line, the closest stops are the Race-Vine and City Hall stations. For the Market-Frankford Line, it’s 15th Street Station. Both lines will offer overnight service as usual on Saturday.
- Late-night train service will be available on SEPTA Regional Rail lines on Saturday and Sunday nights departing from Jefferson, Suburban and 30th Street Stations. If the concert runs late on Saturday or Sunday, these trains will be held for approximately 20 minutes after the concert ends.
- A plus: Parking is free at all SEPTA-owned Regional Rail lots on weekends. Parking lot location information is available online at septa.org/parking.
- Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 15, 34 and 36 offer convenient service to and from the concert. The 19th and 22nd street stations provide the closest walking access to Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
- Because of the MIA road closures, SEPTA Routes 7, 32, 33, 38, 43 and 48 detours will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 31st and last through 5 a.m. on Monday, September 3rd. Route changes are available on the System Status Page at septa.org.