Made in America road closures now in effect

August 31, 2012 12:56:46 PM PDT
A number of streets in Center City Philadelphia are now shut down as preps continue for the Budweiser Made in America Festival set for this weekend.

The Budweiser Made in America two-day music festival will take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Saturday through Sunday.

Concert performances are scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. and conclude at 11:00 p.m.

Motorists are encouraged to expect delays, and to avoid the areas listed below if possible or to proceed with extreme caution during the Labor Day weekend.

City street closures began this morning and continue through Monday, September 3 before, during and after event activities in the vicinity of the festival.

The city announced the following street closures during the Budweiser Made in America Festival:

Beginning daily at 9 A.M. Thursday, August 23 through 3 P.M. Thursday, August 30, the bike lane and one traffic lane of the eastbound inner drive on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (the top of Eakins Oval) will be closed for event set-up. Bus stopping will not be allowed in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

To assist motorists, message boards have been placed at two locations -- one on Kelly Drive and one on Martin Luther King Drive -- alerting motorists of possible traffic delays, so they can select alternate traffic routes.

During the two event dates on Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, all vehicular traffic headed to the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be directed to use the parking garage entrance on Waterworks Drive. The only exception will be motorists with America Disabilities Act (ADA) parking, which allows them to access the parking area on the northwest corner of the upper terrace by way of 25th Street and Kelly Drive.

Motorists who live or work within the confines of the closed areas will be allowed to enter at any of the closure points after showing identification to a police officer onsite. If necessitated by public safety, the remainder of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, from 16th to 20th streets, may be closed to vehicular traffic. If this occurs, cross traffic may be restricted on the numbered streets, between 16th and 20th streets.

Thursday, August 30:
AM RUSH: 6 A.M. ? 10 A.M.
All center lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway closed.
These lanes will remain closed through Monday, September 3.

PM RUSH: 2:30 P.M. ? 6:30 P.M.
During Thursday, August 30, from 2:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M., the Benjamin Franklin Parkway outer lanes will be open for access to Kelly and Martin Luther King drives.

Friday, August 31:
AM RUSH: 6 A.M. ? 10 A.M.
Traffic will continue on MLK Drive to the outer lanes of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and to Interstate-676.
Kelly Drive will be diverted at Fairmount Avenue.
After 10 A.M., the eastbound outer drive of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed to vehicular traffic, from Eakins Oval to 20th Street.

PM RUSH: 2:30 P.M. ? 6:30 P.M.
The westbound outer drive of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be open to traffic and will lead to Kelly and Martin Luther King drives.
At 6:30 P.M., the entire event area will be closed to vehicular traffic through Monday, September 3.

Saturday, September 1

o 21st Street between Arch and Spring Garden
o 22nd Street between Arch and Fairmount
o 23rd Street between Parkway and Fairmount
o 24th Street from Fairmount to Pennsylvania
o 25th Street from Fairmount to Pennsylvania
o Spring Garden between 20th and 31st Streets (include Spring Garden Street tunnel)
o Kelly Drive from 23rd Street to Fairmount
o Martin Luther King Drive from Falls Bridge to the Parkway
o Pennsylvania Avenue from Hamilton Street to Fairmount Avenue

While the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and intersections adjacent to the festival perimeter will remain closed, including 21st and 22nd streets at the Parkway, intersections beyond the immediate festival area are expected to open to traffic after midnight.

Sunday, September 2

Concert Performances begin at 2 P.M. and will conclude at 11 P.M.
Beginning at 6 A.M., roads in the area of the event will be closed to non-resident traffic, including:
o 21st Street between Arch and Spring Garden
o 22nd Street between Arch and Fairmount
o 23rd Street between Parkway and Fairmount
o 24th Street from Fairmount to Pennsylvania
o 25th Street from Fairmount to Pennsylvania
o Spring Garden between 20th and 31st Streets (include Spring Garden Street tunnel)
o Kelly Drive from 23rd Street to Fairmount
o Martin Luther King Drive from Falls Bridge to the Parkway
o Pennsylvania Avenue from Hamilton Street to Fairmount Avenue
o Pennsylvania Avenue closed, from 2000 block of Pennsylvania Ave./Callowhill St., west of Whole Food lot
o Park Towne Place from 22nd Street to 24th Street

While the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and intersections adjacent to the festival perimeter will remain closed, including 21st and 22nd streets at the Parkway, intersections beyond the immediate festival area are expected to open to traffic after midnight.

Monday, September 3

Entire event area (Eakins Oval and Benjamin Franklin Parkway) will be closed to vehicular traffic to facilitate break-down of event equipment.

Traffic patterns are expected to return to normal late Monday evening or early Tuesday morning, in time for Tuesday's morning rush period, 6 A.M. to 10 A.M.

For a map of the road closures click on the link below.

Link:
http://www.phila.gov/PDFs/Budweiser_Made_in_America_Fesitval_Street_Closures.pdf

Links for more information on the Budweiser Made in America Festival:
http://www.madeinamericafest.com/
http://www.facebook.com/Budweiser


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