The world's largest high school rowing competition returns to the banks and water of the Schuylkill River this weekend and that means a major thoroughfare will be closed to motorists as thousands flock to the Stotesbury Cup Regatta.
The Kelly Drive through Fairmount Park is the major closure for the 2016 Stotesbury Cup Regatta Friday and Saturday.
A 1-1/2 mile stretch of Kelly Drive was closed Thursday morning and will remain closed between Strawberry Mansion and Fountain Green drives until 8 p.m. Saturday.
Entrance to the regatta zone is by permit only so all other traffic will be detoured onto other routes including Strawberry Mansion, Fountain Green and Reservoir drives.
Expect potential delays on other Schuylkill River arteries like the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76), which backed up Thursday evening, and the Martin Luther King Drive the next few days.
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The 90th Annual Stotesbury Cup brings teenage rowers from around the country to Philly.