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Road closures, safety measures for Made in America festival

August 31, 2013 1:00:02 PM PDT
The City of Philadelphia has announced a number of road closures and safety measures ahead of the Budweiser Made in America festival during Labor Day weekend.

The festival along the Ben Franklin Parkway, will be headlined by Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails.

It will also feature dozens more acts over the two-day period - August 30 and September 1.

Click here for more on the lineup and schedule of performances.

Access to the venue will only be open to ticketholders.

To accommodate, the City announced three phases of closures. Officials say delays can be expected and motorists are advised to use alternate routes, and allow for extra driving time in the area.

A detailed list of closures is listed below:

Phase 1:

  • Sunday, August 25th: Two lanes in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum will be closed, from 5:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

  • Monday, August 26th and Tuesday, August 27th: One lane in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum will be closed, from 5:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. A second lane will be closed, from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. The closures are designed to minimize disruption to rush-hour traffic.

  • Wednesday, August 28th: Two lanes in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum will be closed, beginning at 5:00 A.M. These lanes will not re-open until the removal of the staging and equipment following the final concert, or by Tuesday morning. The festivities will end by 11:00 P.M. on Sunday, September 1st.

    Phase 2:

  • Thursday, August 29th: The inner lanes of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (the inbound and outbound lanes), from 22nd Street to Eakins Oval, will be closed until Tuesday, September 3rd.

    Phase 3:

  • Friday, August 30th: Due to the closure of the inner lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, traffic for Friday morning rush hour headed inbound (to Center City) from 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 the Drive at Fairmount Avenue.

  • The full extent of road closures around the Festival site will begin at 10:00 A.M and will remain through the duration of the Festival. A complete list of road closures and 'no parking' restrictions follows:

    Road Closures:
    - The Benjamin Franklin Parkway beginning at 20th Street extending through Eakins Oval and behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art
    - 21st Street between Winter & Spring Garden Streets
    - 22nd Street between Winter & Fairmount Streets
    - 23rd Street between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Fairmount Avenue
    - 24th Street between Fairmount & Pennsylvania Avenues
    - 25th Street between Fairmount & Pennsylvania Avenues
    - Spring Garden Street between 20th & 31st Streets, including the Spring Garden Street tunnel
    - Kelly Drive between 23rd Street & Fairmount Avenue
    - Martin Luther King Drive between the Falls Bridge & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    - Pennsylvania Avenue between Hamilton & Fairmount Avenues
    - 2000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue between the Whole Foods store & 21st Street (the eastern half of the block from Whole Foods to 20th Street will remain open to allow access to the store)
    - Park Towne Place between 22nd & 24th Streets
    - I-676 Westbound off-ramp at 22nd Street (the I-676 Eastbound off-ramp at 23rd Street will be open)

    No Parking:
    - Pennsylvania Avenue between 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue (south side of street)
    - Winter Street between 20th & 22nd Streets (both sides of street)
    - 20th Street between Vine Street & Callowhill Street (east side of street)
    - 21st Street between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Race Street (both sides of street)
    - 22nd Street between Winter & Spring Garden Streets (both sides of street)
    - Park Towne Place between 22nd & 24th Streets (both sides of street)

    Transportation and Parking:
    Due to the heavy security and large number of closures, festival-goers, and area travelers are urged to use public transportation. SEPTA and NJ Transit will operate under normal weekend schedules

    SEPTA will add service on the Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines throughout the two-day festival, with trains running every five-to-ten minutes before, during and after the performances.

    SEPTA will also extend late-night service on selected regional rail lines to accommodate Festival patrons leaving Center City after the shows.

    For more information on SEPTA and NJ Transit routes/schedules visit: www.septa.org or call 215-580-7800, and www.njtransit.org or call 973-275-5555.

    The PHLASH Trolley will offer extended service through 7:30 P.M. at select stops on Saturday and Sunday to accommodate festival goers. For more information visit http://www.visitphilly.com/tours/philadelphia/phlash/.

    If driving is necessary, paid parking lots and garages are conveniently located on or near the Parkway. Officials recommend to call ahead for rates and availability. A full list of parking lots can be found at http://philapark.org/.

    Cultural Institutions:
    Most of the cultural institutions along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will maintain normal hours of operation during the Budweiser Made in America Festival and throughout Labor Day weekend.

    Moore College of Art & Design and the Rodin Museum, will be closed Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, and will reopen on Labor Day, Monday, September 2.

    Parking, either free or paid is available at or nearby the institutions, but using public transportation is strongly encouraged.

    Please refer to the institutions' websites for information on exhibit hours, ticketing, parking, and accessibility accommodations.

    Venue Details:
    The Budweiser Made in America is a rain or shine event. The venue will feature three entrances/exits for ticket-holders to utilize. Re-entry to the venue will NOT be permitted on either day.

    The main entrance is located on 22nd Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Additional entrances on either side of the venue at 23rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue and 24th Street and Martin Luther King Drive at Eakins Oval. (These entrances will be opened to facilitate easier access to the venue as needed.)

    Festival organizers are also stressing what items will and will not be allowed inside the venue perimeter.

    Items allowed include:
    - Blankets and towels
    - Umbrellas (small, hand-held only)
    - Factory-sealed, plastic water bottles (1 per person up to 1 liter)
    - Empty plastic water containers or Camelbacks
    - Non-professional cameras, flip-cams, camera phones
    - One non-framed backpack or bag (subject to search and re-search)
    - Encouraged items: sunscreen, sunglasses, government issued I.D., cash/debit cards/credit cards

    Items NOT allowed include but are not limited to:
    - Weapons of any kind (regardless of permitting, e.g. Right to Carry permits will not be honored and weapons will be confiscated)
    - Fireworks or explosives
    - Illegal or illicit substances of any kind
    - Outside food & beverages (except factory-sealed water bottles)
    - Pets (except trained service animals)
    - Flyers, handbills, posters, stickers (no solicitation allowed)
    - Chairs
    - Glass containers
    - Skateboards, motorized vehicles or scooters
    - Coolers
    - Professional recording devices or cameras (no detachable lenses or tripods meant for commercial use)
    - Glowsticks
    - Laser pointers
    - Items that would obstruct others' view of the stages (kites, flag poles, large signs, etc.)


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