Welcome back to Curbed Philly’s new Weekend Transit Roundup—a look at all the major events, transportation issues and closures that will likely affect your travel this weekend.
This weekend is a big one, thanks to Memorial Day on Monday. There are plenty of events, closures and, because it’s spring, roadwork. It will be fun, but it also may affect how you get around this weekend. Here’s what to avoid, and how to get to the events you want to see.
Events: Sail Philly and Memorial Day parades
There are a ton of events happening around Philly this weekend, both Memorial Day-related and not (you can check them out here) but there are a few that are most likely to affect your travel.
The first is Sail Philadelphia, which has not announced any related road closures, but could cause congestion around the area of Penn’s Landing where it’s being held. The event starts Saturday morning, with a waterfront festival, drinks, food, live music, and activities at 11 a.m. It goes until 7 p.m. every day through Monday. It’s worth checking out, but you’ll have a hard time driving and finding parking. Instead, plan to hop on the Market Frankford Line and get off at the 2nd Street Station. From there, you can wander up and down the waterfront.
There are also two parades on Memorial Day, both of which will close of several streets. The first is in Bridesburg at Richmond and Juniata streets, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Monday. It weaves through several Bridesburg roads before stopping at Richmond and Orthodox streets, according to the Office of Special Events (OSE).
The second parade is the Wissahickon Memorial Association Memorial Day Parade, which starts at Manayunk Avenue and Rochelle Drive at 9:30 a.m. Monday and winds through the streets before ending at Rochelle Road and Sumac Street for a ceremony.
For more information on both parades and road closures, check out the OSE website.
Sports: Phillies games
The Phillies are back on their home turf! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday they’ll be playing the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park at 7 p.m., 4 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively. As always, watch out for heavy traffic on the BSL before the games.
Roadwork: Center City closures and construction
This is a big one because of its area: The city announced Friday that they would be closing down some Center City streets for the whole weekend to bring in a crane and deliver heavy mechanical equipment, according to a statement from the city.
A section of broad from Pine to Spruce, and a section of Spruce from 13th to 15th will be closed starting Friday at 10 p.m. and ending Monday at 5 a.m.
A long-awaited project to resurface and restore Lincoln Drive between Ridge and Wayne avenues recently got underway. Drivers can expect some lane closures, but minimal delays during the day, according to the Philly Streets Department.
Additionally, last week the Streets Department announced that nighttime road closures will be extended between Ridge and Wayne avenues from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Public transportation: SEPTA changes
SEPTA is rebuilding the mainline infrastructure on the Media/Elwyn Line this weekend, meaning that anyone riding the line will be taking a shuttle bus instead. SEPTA says a special schedule for the line is in effect until further notice.