Arriving in Philadelphia from New York Saturday morning, Pope Francis has a busy schedule for his visit to the City Of Brotherly Love, and many streets will be closed to accommodate the landmark visit. Here are a couple of tips to help you avoid a traffic jam.
Parking restrictions have been in place in Philadelphia since Tuesday at 6 p.m. from 12th Street to 3rd Street in Market East, Old City, and will remain in place throughout the weekend. The extent of the parking restrictions will make finding a spot in central Philly nearly impossible, and local news stations have recommended using parking garages or keeping vehicles outside of the central business district.
The following highways will be closed completely starting Friday at 10 p.m.: Interstate 76 eastbound from Interstate 476 to Interstate 95; I-76 westbound from I-95 to U.S. Route 1 and Interstate 676 in both directions from I-76 to I-95, ABC News' Philadelphia affiliate, Channel 6, reported.
U.S. 1 (City Avenue) will be closed beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday -- northbound from I-76 to Lancaster Avenue (U.S. Route 30) and southbound between Belmont Avenue and Lancaster Avenue (U.S. 30). I-95 will remain open, except for portions leading to the closed-off area of downtown Philadelphia. The Benjamin Franklin Bridge will also be closed to vehicular traffic and used as a pedestrian bridge.
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In the city center, the following streets will be closed Saturday: Lombard Street (river to river), South 22nd Street (South Street to the Parkway), North 16th Street (to Poplar Street), South 11th Street (South Street to Market Street), South 9th Street (Lombard Street to Locust Street), North 7th Street (Vine Street to Spring Garden Street), Vine Street (Broad Street to Delaware River), Willow Street (7th Street to Delaware River), Spring Garden Street (Ridge Avenue to Delaware River), Ridge Avenue (Girard Avenue to Spring Garden Street), Spruce Street (11th Street to 10th Street) and Fairmount Avenue (13th Street to Kelly Drive), according to NBC Philadelphia.
For a more extended list of other streets that will be closed outside the city center, see NBC Philadelphia's complete list. And check out the pope's schedule for Mass times and details on other events.