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November 14, 2012 12:52 PM

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Philadelphia Marathon (credit: visitphilly.com)

Philadelphia Marathon (credit: visitphilly.com)

The Philadelphia Marathon races start and end near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where there is ample parking near Benjamin Franklin Parkway.If you plan on driving and parking, be sure to arrive early, as there will be road closures and significant delays when trying to cross roads on or adjacent to the course.

Below you will find information on closures, parking and public transportation.

TRAFFIC CLOSURESDue to the race, a number of streets will be closed, with the main areas affected being the inner lanes of the Ben Franklin Parkway (all weekend) and of course, the 26.2 mile marathon route on Sunday.

The inner drives of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., on Friday, November 16. At 3:30 p.m., two of 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 16 through the completion of Marathon Weekend on Sunday, November 18, and will be reopen on Sunday, November 18 at 4 p.m.

Street closures will be in effect — from 4 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 17 — in the vicinity of Eakins Oval (on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (from 18th Street to Eakins Oval) and also near Martin Luther King Drive.

On Sunday, November 18, streets will be closed, from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. near Eakins Oval and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, from 20th Street to Eakins Oval (23rd Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway).

The following streets will be closed at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, November 18, and will reopen, as runners pass through the race course. All race routes will remain closed until 4 p.m.

  • 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
  • Old Lansdowne Drive to the Sweetbriar Loop
  • Black Road
  • Martin Luther King Drive
  • Kelly Drive
  • The Falls Bridge
  • Ridge Avenue, Schoolhouse Lane to Manayunk Avenue
  • Main Street, Ridge Avenue to Green Lane

Motorists and pedestrians can expect significant delays when trying to cross roads on or 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 that are not a part of the official marathon race route will be reopened by at least 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 18.

PARKINGWhile runners, walkers and spectators are encouraged to use public transportation throughout the race weekend, there are a number of parking lots and garages available.

PAID GARAGES

  • 206 22nd St., Patriot Parking, $8 before 10AM, $10 after 10AM
  • 21st Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Expert Parking, $20, (215) 448-1391
  • 1815 Cherry St., InterPark, $27 for 24 hour parking, $11 for 12 hours or less, (215) 496-1070
  • 1815 JFK Blvd., Central Parking System, $10, (215) 568-803
  • 16th and Race streets, (Sheraton Hotel), Expert Parking, $20, (215) 496-0293
  • 1900 JFK Blvd., Central Parking System, $11, (215) 564-3707
  • 1901 JFK Blvd., Central Parking System, $11, (215) 557-3721
  • 36 S. 19th St., Central Parking System, $14, (215) 561-1187
  • 1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Windsor Suites. $10 (215) 569-0899

PAID PARKING LOTS

  • 23rd and Cherry streets, Patriot Parking, Inc., $10, (215) 772-1511
  • 1919 Arch St., Central Parking System, $8, (215) 568-2755
  • 22nd and Walden streets, Patriot Parking, Inc., $13.50, (215) 772-1511
  • 19th and Callowhill streets, Philadelphia Parking Authority, $8 (215) 683-9813
  • 18th and Vine streets, Parkway Corporation, $27 for 24 hours, (215) 575-4000

NOTE: The Philadelphia Marathon is not affiliated with any of these parking facilities. Some lots are available for parking, despite having no attendants at the entrances, with a payment system in place upon exit.

SEPTA
SEPTA is planning to adjust and detour service for Philadelphia Marathon Weekend. SEPTA will operate on a normal weekend schedule with normal fares, but riders on bus routes 2, 7, 12, 23, 47, and 57 should expect delays around the Center City area.

A number of bus routes will be detoured due to road closures beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Detours will be around the areas of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Center City and the Art Museum.

  • Saturday, Nov. 17, Philadelphia Kids Marathon: Bus routes 7, 32, 33, 38, 43 and 48 will be detoured from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 18, Philadelphia Marathon: Starting at 6 a.m., bus routes 4, 7, 9, 12,16, 21, 25, 27, 32, 33, 35, 38, 40, 42, 43, 48, 57, 61, 64, 65, 124/125 and R will be detoured. Buses will resume regular service as soon as possible after the race.

The following is public transit information about service detours and changes in Philadelphia:

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2012 (7:30 A.M. through 12:30 P.M.)

  • Route(s): 7
  • Northbound: Headed Northbound on 22nd Street; right onto Market Street; left onto Vine Street to the outer lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway; right onto 22nd Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Southbound: Pick up at 23rd and Spring Garden Streets; left onto Spring Garden Street; right onto 17th Street; right onto Arch Street; left onto 21st Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Route(s): 32
  • Northbound: Regular route to 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard; right onto 16th Street; left onto Vine Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Southbound: Regular route to Pennsylvania Avenue and Spring Garden Street; right onto 17th Street; left onto Market Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Route(s): 33
  • Northbound: Regular route to 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard; left onto Vine Street; right onto 20th Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Southbound: Regular route to 19th Street & Spring Garden Street; left onto Spring Garden Street; right onto 17th Street; left onto Market Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Route(s): 38
  • Westbound: Regular route to 16th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard; right onto 16th Street; left onto Vine Street to the outer lanes of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway; resume back to regular route.
  • Eastbound: Regular route to Art Museum and Kelly drives; straight across onto 25th Street; right onto Pennsylvania Avenue; left onto Spring Garden Street; right onto 17th Street; left onto Market Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Route(s): 43
  • Westbound: Regular Route to Spring Garden Street and Pennsylvania Avenue; right onto Pennsylvania Avenue; left onto 25th Street; cross Kelly Drive onto Art Museum Drive; right onto Spring Garden Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Eastbound: Regular route to Spring Garden and Art Museum Drive; left onto Art Museum Drive and cross Kelly Drive onto 25th Street; right onto Pennsylvania avenue; left onto Spring Garden Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Route(s): 48
  • Northbound: Right onto 16th Street; left onto Vine Street to outer lanes of Benjamin Franklin Parkway; right onto 22nd Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Southbound: Regular route to 23rd & Spring Garden streets; left onto Spring Garden; right onto 17th Street; left onto Market Street; resume back to regular route.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2012 (6:30 A.M. until Race is finished)

  • Route(s): R
  • Westbound: Regular route to Ridge Avenue and Ferry Road; left onto Ferry Road; right onto River Road; take the Recovery on Route K Bus Stand.
  • Eastbound: From Layover Point toward River Road; right onto Midvale Avenue; right onto Ridge Avenue; resume back to regular route.
  • Route(s): 4
  • Southbound: Regular route to 15th & Market streets; left onto Penn Square; left onto Juniper Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Route(s): 7
  • Northbound: Towards 22nd Street; right onto Market Street; left onto 20th Street; left onto Spring Garden Street; right onto 22nd Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Southbound: Will operate on regular route and wait for police instructions to pass.
  • Route(s): 9
  • Northbound: Regular route via I-76 West towards US Route 1 North; take Wissahickon-South Hunting Park Exit; right onto Wissahickon Avenue; right onto Hunting Park Avenue; right onto Allegheny Avenue; right onto Ridge Avenue to Midvale Avenue (transfer location); right onto Midvale Avenue; left onto Henry Avenue; left onto Roxborough Avenue; right onto Ridge Avenue; resume back to regular route.
  • Southbound: Regular route to 30th Street and Market Street; left onto Market Street; right onto 4th Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Route(s): 12
  • Westbound: From 7th and Pine streets; left onto 7th Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Eastbound: Regular route to 7th and Pine streets (this is the last stop eastbound).
  • Route(s): 16
  • Will operate regular route and wait for police instructions to pass.
  • Route(s): 21
  • Eastbound: Regular route to 38th and Chestnut streets; left onto 38th Street; right onto Market Street; right onto Front Street; left onto Chestnut Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Route(s): 25
  • Southbound: Regular route to Columbus Boulevard and Fairmount Avenue; right onto Spring Garden Street; left onto 8th Street; left onto Washington Avenue; right onto Columbus Boulevard; resume back to regular route.
  • Route(s): 27
  • Northbound: Regular route to Broad Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard; right onto Broad Street; right onto Vine Street; left onto 13th Street; left onto Vine Street; right onto 16th Street toward I-676 onto Ramp I-676 West; towards US Route 1 North towards Wissahickon-South Hunting Park Exit; right onto Wissahickon Avenue; right onto Hunting Park Avenue; right onto Allegheny Avenue; right onto Ridge Avenue to Midvale (transfer location); right onto Midvale Avenue; left onto Henry Avenue; left onto Roxborough Avenue; right onto Ridge Avenue; resume back to regular route.
  • Southbound: Regular route to Ridge and Lyceum Avenue; left onto Roxborough Avenue; right onto Henry Avenue; right onto Midvale Avenue; right onto Ridge Avenue (transfer location); left onto City Avenue Ramp I-76 East; resume back to regular route.
  • Route(s): 32
  • Northbound: Regular route to 18th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard; right onto 20th Street; left onto Spring Garden Street; right onto Pennsylvania Avenue; resume back to regular route
  • Southbound: Regular route to Pennsylvania Avenue and Spring Garden Street; right onto 17th Street; left onto Market Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Route(s): 33
  • Northbound: Will operate regular route and wait for police instructions to pass.
  • Southbound: Regular route to 19th and Spring Garden streets; left onto Spring Garden Street; right onto 17th Street; left onto Market Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Route(s): 38
  • Westbound: Regular route to 20th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard; right onto 20th Street; left onto Spring Garden; right onto Pennsylvania Avenue; right onto 29th Street; left onto Girard Avenue to 40th Street and Parkside Avenue; left onto 52nd Street; right onto Jefferson Street to 54th Street; right onto Wynnefield Avenue; left onto Georges Hill; left onto Belmont Avenue to City Avenue; I-676 East to Route 1 North to Wissahickon-South Hunting Park Exit; right onto Wissahickon Avenue; right onto Hunting Park Avenue; right onto Allegheny Avenue; right onto Ridge Avenue; left onto Ferry Road; right onto River Road with a layover on River Road at Midvale Avenue.
  • Eastbound: From Layover point at Midvale Avenue and River Road; left onto Ridge Avenue; left onto City Avenue; regular route to 40th and Brown streets; left onto Market Street; right onto Front Street; left onto Chestnut to 2nd and Market streets.
  • Route(s): 40
  • Westbound: Regular route from 8th and Lombard streets; left onto 23rd Street; right onto Gray’s Ferry Avenue; right onto 34th Street; right onto Civic Center Boulevard; left onto 33rd Street; left onto Spruce Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Eastbound: Regular route to 34th and Spruce streets; right onto 34th Street; right around Civic Center Boulevard; left onto University Avenue; left onto Grays Ferry Avenue; right onto Bainbridge Street; left onto 22nd Street; right onto South Street; left onto Broad Street; right onto Pine Street; right onto 8th Street; right onto Lombard Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Route(s): 43
  • Westbound: Regular route to 21st and Spring Garden streets; left onto 21st Street; right onto Market Street; right onto 40th Street; left onto Lancaster Avenue; resume back to regular route.
  • Eastbound: Regular route to 40th Street and Lancaster Avenue; right onto 40th Street; left onto Market Street; left onto 20th Street; right onto Spring Garden; resume back to regular route.
  • Route(s): 48
  • Northbound: Regular route to 2nd and Arch streets; left onto 2nd Street; right onto Market Street; right onto Juniper Street; left onto John F. Kennedy Boulevard; right onto 20th Street; left onto Spring Garden Street; left onto 3rd Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Southbound: Will operate regular route and wait for police Instructions to pass.
  • Route(s): 57
  • Northbound: Regular route to 3rd and Spruce streets; left onto Spruce Street; right onto 5th Street; right onto Spring Garden Street; left onto 3rd Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Southbound: Regular route to 4th and Spring Garden streets; right onto Spring Garden Street; left onto 6th Street; left onto Market Street; right onto 4th Street; resume back to regular route.
  • Route(s): 61
  • Northbound: From Layover point on Market Street; right onto 11th Street; regular route to Ridge Avenue and Midvale Avenue; right onto Midvale Avenue; left onto Henry Avenue; left onto Roxborough Avenue; right onto Ridge Avenue; left onto Leverington Street; right onto Flat Rock; resume back to regular route.
  • Southbound: Regular route to Main and Leverington streets; left onto Leverington Street; right onto Ridge Avenue; left onto Roxborough Avenue; right onto Henry Avenue; right onto Midvale Avenue; left onto Ridge Avenue; left onto Spring Garden Street; right onto 8th Street; right onto Market Street; take layover on Market Street.
  • Route(s): 64
  • Westbound: Regular route to Columbus Boulevard and Reed Street; left onto Reed Street; right onto Moyamensing Avenue; left onto Washington Avenue; resume back to regular route.
  • Eastbound: From Washington Avenue; right onto Moyamensing Avenue; left onto Morris Street; right onto Columbus Boulevard; resume back to regular route.
  • Route(s): 65
  • Westbound: Regular route to Henry Avenue and Walnut Lane; Left onto Henry Avenue; Right onto Midvale Avenue; Right onto Ridge Avenue; Left onto City Avenue resume back to regular route
  • Eastbound: Regular route to City and Presidential avenues; I-76 East towards Roosevelt Boulevard North towards Wissahickon-South Hunting Park Exit; right onto Wissahickon; right onto Hunting Park Avenue; right onto Allegheny Avenue; right onto Ridge Avenue; right onto Midvale Avenue; left onto Henry Avenue; right onto Walnut Lane; resume back to regular route.
  • Route(s): 124/125
  • Westbound: Regular route via I-76 West to Route 1 North towards Wissahickon-South Hunting Park Exit; right onto Wissahickon Avenue; right onto Hunting Park Avenue; right onto Allegheny Avenue; right onto Ridge Avenue (Passengers will be picked up at Ridge Midvale Avenue); left onto City Avenue; left onto I-76 West.
  • Eastbound: I-76 East to Route 1 North towards Wissahickon-South Hunting Park Exit; right onto Wissahickon Avenue; right onto Hunting Park Avenue; right onto Allegheny Avenue; right onto Ridge Avenue (Passengers will be picked up at Ridge Midvale Avenue); left onto City Avenue toward Ramp I-76 East; continue Regular Route to 15th and Market streets; right onto Market Street; right onto Front Street; left through the Viaduct on Chestnut Street.

In addition to listing detours, please refer to the System Status feature on the SEPTA website (www.septa.org) for more information and real-time updates on detours.

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