Road Closures for Philadelphia Marathon Weekend (Nov 17-19, 2023)

To read the entire press release from Philadelphia’s Office of Special Events, including more detailed information on closure times street by street and impacts on public transportation, click here.

From the City’s Office of Special Events:

PHILADELPHIA — The City of Philadelphia today released information about upcoming road closures associated with the Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend. Streets will be closed in many parts of the city during the weekend of Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19, 2023. Traffic 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 will be implemented on a rolling basis and will be lifted as runners go by and roads are serviced. City officials urge motorists to refrain from double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow, and is illegal.

Roadways and areas that will be impacted include:

  • The Benjamin Franklin Parkway Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19.
  • The I-676 off-ramp at 22nd Street (westbound) will be closed on Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19 at 4 a.m. for event security preparation. Ramps at 15th and Broad Streets may also close, if needed.
  • The I-76 off-ramp at Spring Garden (eastbound). Soft-close at 4 a.m. and hard-close at 6:15 a.m. on Saturday, November 18 and Sunday November 19.
  • Citywide along the 13.1-mile Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon route on Saturday, November 18. The full route can be viewed online.
  • Citywide along the 26.2-mile route of the AACR Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 19. The full route can be viewed online.

Road Closures and Parking Restrictions by Date

Friday, November 17, 2023

The inner-drive lanes (both directions) of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed, from 9:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m., on Friday, November 17. At 2:45 p.m., outbound lanes will be opened for the afternoon rush hour. After evening rush hour, all inner lanes (inbound and outbound) from Binswanger Triangle to 20th Street will remain closed. Cross traffic will be permitted on 22nd and 21st Streets.

Saturday, November 18, 2023

As part of enhanced security for the Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon, City of Philadelphia “No Parking” regulations will be strictly enforced. All vehicles on the race route will be relocated, beginning at 2 a.m. on Saturday, November 18. 

Street closures will be in effect for the Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon and the Rothman Orthopaedics 8K on Saturday, from 2 a.m. until 3 p.m., along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th and 25th Streets, on Kelly Drive, and numerous other roads in Center City (see complete list here). Prior to Saturday, “No Parking” signs will be posted in the Parkway area, and along the race course. On Saturday, the vicinity near 18th Street and the Parkway, and the Logan Circle area will be closed to vehicular traffic until approximately 11:30 a.m.

Public Transportation

Philadelphia’s mass transit system (SEPTA) offers two subway lines, regional rail service to and from the surrounding suburbs, and bus service throughout the city. Below is a summary of SEPTA detours (from the SEPTA website) that will be in effect during Marathon Race Weekend. Check the SEPTA website for additional information.

Bus detour information and updates or changes to service will be published on SEPTA’s System Status page. Customers can also use TransitView on the SEPTA app. Riders should check System Status regularly or follow @SEPTA and @SEPTA_BUS on Twitter for updates. Detour times are subject to change.

Impact on Cultural Institutions

While cultural institutions along or near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will experience the greatest impact from the race, they generally will maintain normal weekend hours of operation on Marathon Race Weekend. These institutions include: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel UniversityBarnes FoundationFairmount Water WorksThe Franklin InstituteFree Library of Philadelphia – Parkway Central LibraryThe Galleries at Moore College of Art and DesignPhiladelphia Museum of Art and the Perelman Building AnnexRodin Museum, and Eastern State Penitentiary.

Parking may be available at or near the cultural institutions, but using public transportation is strongly encouraged. The institutions’ individual websites should be referenced for information on exhibit hours, ticket admission, and parking accommodations.

About the Philadelphia Marathon

The Philadelphia Marathon Weekend, now in its 30th year, has grown tremendously since the first race in 1994. What started as a small local event of just 1,500 participants has become one of the top 10 marathons in the country. The course guides participants through a unique experience of centuries of history and architecture, diverse and lively neighborhoods, and remarkable views throughout Fairmount Park and along the Schuylkill River. Each year, spectators line the course, eager to cheer on athletes, because there’s nothing Philadelphians love more than champions.

Race Weekend 2023 features the AACR Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 19; the Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon, Rothman Orthopaedics 8K and Nemours Children’s Run on Saturday, November 18; and a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18.

For more information about the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend, visit