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Philadelphia Marathon 2016: Road closures and SEPTA detours

If you’re not running, avoid these roads

Marathon runners with the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the background.
Some 30,000 people are expected to run the Philadelphia Marathon this year.
G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Marathon takes over the city this weekend, with shorter-length races taking place Saturday and the big 26.2-miler on Sunday.

So if you’re not one of the 30,000 people running in a race, you will definitely want to avoid these roads and SEPTA routes this weekend. Many of these roads are going to be closed on a “rolling basis,” as runners roll by, so your best bet is just to find another way around this weekend.

Also, beware of parking this weekend. They will start towing if your car is on a street that’s not supposed to be parked on. If that happens, call 215-683-9550.

Road Closures

Friday, November 18: The outer westbound lanes of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. At 3:30 p.m., all will be opened for the afternoon rush hour.

Saturday, November 19: These streets will be closed starting at 2 a.m. Saturday and will re-open at 2 p.m.

  • 18th Street, from Arch to Callowhill Streets
  • 19th Street, from Arch to Callowhill Streets
  • 20th Street, from Arch to Callowhill Streets
  • 21st Street, from Spring Garden to Arch Streets
  • 22nd Street, from Spring Garden to Arch Streets
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway, from 16th to 22nd Streets
  • Arch Street, from 6th to 16th Street
  • 6th Street, from Race to Market Streets
  • Market Street, from 5th to 17th Streets
  • East Penn Square
  • John F. Kennedy Blvd., from Juniper to 17th Streets
  • 15th Street, from Race to Chestnut Streets
  • 16th Street, from Chestnut to Race Streets
  • Lansdowne Drive, from Girard Avenue to South Concourse Drive
  • Lansdowne Drive, to Centennial Circle
  • Black Road
  • Martin Luther King Drive
  • Green Drive, Ford Road, Chamounix Drive
  • Strawberry Mansion Drive, Dauphin Drive, Reservoir Drive
  • Edgely Drive, Randolph Drive, Mt. Pleasant Drive, Fountain Green Drive
  • Kelly Drive

Sunday, November 20

  • 18th Street, from Arch to Callowhill Streets
  • 19th Street, from Arch to Callowhill Streets
  • 20th Street, from Arch to Callowhill Streets
  • 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 3rd Streets
  • 4 th Street, between Arch to Vine Streets
  • Race Street, from 6th Street to Columbus Boulevard
  • Columbus Boulevard (Southbound lanes), from 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, from Front to 7th Streets
  • 6th Street, from Bainbridge to Market Streets
  • Chestnut Street, from 6th to 34th Streets
  • 34th Street, Chestnut Street to Girard Avenue
  • Lansdowne Drive, from Girard Avenue to South Concourse Drive
  • South Concourse Drive, from Lansdowne to West Memorial Hall Drives
  • West Memorial Hall Drive, from South Concourse to Avenue of the Republic
  • Avenue of the Republic, from West Memorial Hall Drive to Catholic Fountain
  • Belmont Avenue, from Montgomery to Parkside Avenue
  • Black Road
  • Martin Luther King Drive
  • Kelly Drive
  • The Falls Bridge
  • Ridge Avenue, from Schoolhouse Lane to Manayunk Avenue
  • Main Street, from Ridge Avenue to Green Lane

SEPTA bus detours

These bus routes will be detoured beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

K, 7, 21, 31, 40, 47, 64, R, 9, 23, 32, 42, 47M, 65, 2, 12, 25, 33, 43, 48, 124/125, 4, 16, 27, 35, 44, 57, 5, 17, 30, 38, 45, 61.

Routes 7, 32, 33, 38, 43, and 48 will also be temporarily affected. Your best bet is to check SEPTA’s system status before hopping onto a bus this weekend.

Finally, here’s the course map to help folks wrap their head around all of those road closures.