PHILADELPHIA (November 16 - November 21, 2015) - City of Philadelphia officials would like to remind residents that streets will be closed in many parts of the city in connection with the 22nd annual GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon on the weekend of November 20-22. Delays can be expected. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes, avoid areas along the race course, allow for extra driving time and proceed with caution during Race Weekend. Due to increased security in the Parkway area, parking and traffic regulations will be strictly enforced. Street closures are implemented on a rolling basis and will occur as runners go by. City officials urge motorists to refrain from double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal.
Some of the major areas impacted include:
· The Benjamin Franklin Parkway Friday, November 20 through Sunday, November 22
· Citywide along the 26.2-mile route of the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 22
· The I-676 off-ramps at 22nd Street (westbound) and 23rd Street (eastbound) will be closed on Sunday, November
22 after 4 a.m. for event security preparation. Ramps at 15th/Broad may also close, if needed.
Friday, November 20
The inner drives of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., on Friday, November 20. At 3:30 p.m., 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 20 through the completion of Marathon Weekend on Sunday, November 22, and will reopen on Sunday, November 22 at 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 21
Street closures will be in effect for the Rothman Institute 8K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, from 4 a.m. until 2 p.m., along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between 18th to 25th streets, and also on Martin Luther King Drive. Signage labeled "no parking" will be posted in the Parkway area, and elsewhere, along the race course in advance. On Saturday, the vicinity near 18th Street and the Parkway, and the Logan Circle area will be closed to vehicular traffic until 11 a.m.
Sunday, November 22
For the Half and Full Marathons, due to enhanced security, City of Philadelphia "no-parking" regulations will be enforced strictly and all vehicles on the race route will be towed, beginning at 2 a.m. on Sunday. In addition, on Sunday, the Parkway, from 18th to 25th streets, will be closed, from 3 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other streets along the race course will reopen as runners pass by and the streets are cleaned.
The following streets will be affected across the city on November 22:
· 18th Street, from Arch to Callowhill streets
· 19th Street, from Arch to Callowhill streets
· 20th Street, from Arch to Callowhill streets
· 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
· Black Road
· Martin Luther King Drive
· Kelly Drive
· The Falls Bridge
· Ridge Avenue, Schoolhouse Lane to Manayunk Avenue
· Main Street, from Ridge Avenue to Green Lane
Motorists and pedestrians can expect significant delays when trying to cross roads or streets that are 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 are scheduled to be reopened by 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 22.
Due to non-Marathon activities, construction projects and Marathon-related road closures, directions to impacted businesses and cultural institutions on or around the Benjamin Franklin Parkway can be obtained by referring to the institutions' individual websites -- particularly to the Franklin Institute (www.fi.edu), Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (www.ansp.org), the Embassy Suites by Hilton (embassysuites3.hilton.com), the Whole Foods Market on Callowhill Street (www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/philadelphia), and the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (http://cathederalphila.org/). Walking and using public transportation are strongly encouraged.
The GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon weekend attracts nearly 30,000 runners, 60,000 spectators, and 3,000 volunteers. Race Weekend features the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, November 22; Rothman Institute 8K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, November 21; and free two-day Comcast Health & Fitness Expo Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21. Race participants pass many of Philadelphia's famous attractions on the swift and scenic USATF-certified course, which is a Boston qualifier. Take the first step to experiencing 26.2 miles of fun, beauty, history and excitement by visiting www.philadelphiamarathon.com. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook (facebook.com/philadelphiamarathon), Twitter (@philly_marathon) and Instagram (@philly_marathon) to stay up to date with the latest GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon news.
For more information, visit www.philadelphiamarathon.com