Benjamin Franklin Parkway with Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Get ready for road closures in Center City during Biden's kick-off rally

May 16, 2019 - 10:58 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Joe Biden's presidential campaign will host a public rally on Eakins Oval in front of the art museum on Saturday, and it's going to result in some road closures. The city has released details.
 
The general admission entry gate to the rally will be on the north side of Eakins Oval. The gates will open at 11 a.m., and the rally will start at 1 p.m.

Road closures
 
From 9 a.m. until about 4 p.m., these streets will be closed:

  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between 20th and 22nd streets — center lanes only
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between 22nd Street and Eakins Oval — all lanes
  • 23rd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Spring Garden Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Kelly Drive (outbound) from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue
  • Kelly Drive (inbound) between 25th Street and Fairmount Avenue (local access to Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive via 25th Street will remain)
  • Martin Luther King Drive between Eakins Oval and Sweetbriar Drive
  • The Spring Garden Street bridge at 31st Street (local access to Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive will remain)

Eastbound traffic on Kelly Drive must exit at Fairmount Avenue due to the closure of the outer lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Benjamin Franklin Parkway cross traffic will be permitted on numbered streets as conditions allow.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art and other businesses and institutions on the parkway will remain open through the day. 

Parking restrictions

From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., parking will be restricted on the following streets:

  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 22nd Street to Eakins Oval
  • 22nd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Winter Street
  • Spring Garden Street between 21st and 22nd streets

Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area, however, use commercial parking lots and garages will be available.
 
Transit

Organizers recommend using public transit options to get to and from the event. 

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., SEPTA bus routes on the parkway will be detoured. Specific route changes are available at septa.org.

The most convenient drop-off location for attendees with mobility issues is expected to be the intersection of near Pennsylvania Avenue and Spring Garden Street. 

Prohibited items

The list of prohibited items includes:

  • Purses or bags larger than 4" x 6"
  • Backpacks, luggage, cinch bags and briefcases
  • Coolers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Placards or homemade signs and banners
  • Umbrellas
  • Flags
  • Drones and unmanned aircrafts
  • Weapons of any kind

Guests are encouraged to register online using the campaign’s website.

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