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Philadelphia Marathon Guide: Road Closures, Forecast

With one of the top ten marathons in the nation scheduled this weekend, Philly is warming runners up and closing streets down

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Philadelphia Marathon Weekend Kicks Off

    Tens of thousands of runners are getting ready for the Philadelphia Marathon, half marathon and 8K this weekend. Runners can pick up their bibs starting Friday the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

    (Published Friday, Nov. 16, 2018)

    It’s marathon weekend in Philly and that means the city is expecting thousands of new runners -- and a lot of road closures.

    What is now the AACR Philadelphia Marathon started small in 1994 with 1,500 participants. Now, as one of the Top 10 marathons in the nation, it expects to have nearly 20 times that number in its 25th annual event.

    Marathon weekend, which runs Nov. 16 to 18, features:

    • A free two-day Health & Fitness Expo Friday from 11 a.m to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center
    • The Dietz & Watson Half Marathon at 7:30 a.m. Saturday
    • The Rothman Orthopaedics 8K at 10:45 a.m. Saturday
    • The Dunkin’ Munchkin races: family activities start at 11 a.m. and the age group dashes and Fun Runs start at 12 p.m. Saturday
    • The full AACR Marathon at 7 a.m. on Sunday

    The NBC10 First Alert Weather Team is tracking the city forecast for runners and spectators. For the 26.2-mile race Sunday, they are predicting sunshine and chilly weather, with low chances of precipitation. Temperatures will hover around the 40s during the day.

    Traffic delays are expected and drivers are advised to find alternate routes, avoid areas near the racecourse and allow for extra driving time. When possible, police will allow cross traffic through intersections along the course, police said.

    Road closures

    On Friday, there will be lane closures on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. On the outer lanes of the road, the lanes closest to the middle of the Parkway will be closed from 9:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m.

    They will reopen for the afternoon rush hour. Inbound, inner lanes from Binswanger Triangle to 22nd Street will remain closed.

    On Saturday, Philadelphia no-parking regulations will be strictly enforced and all vehicles on the race route will be relocated beginning at 2 a.m. Street closures will be in effect for the Dietz & Watson Half Marathon, the Rothman 8K and the Dunkin’ Munchkin Run from 2 a.m. until 3 p.m.

    All affected streets are scheduled to be reopened Saturday by 2 p.m. You can check the complete list of closures here.

    On Sunday, Philadelphia no-parking regulations will be strictly enforced and all vehicles on the race route will be relocated beginning at 2 a.m. Anyone whose vehicle is towed is asked to call the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

    In addition, the Parkway from 20th to 25th streets will be closed from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other streets along the race course will reopen as runners pass by and the streets are cleaned.

    SEPTA bus riders will also be hard-hit, with many routes short-turning to avoid closures. Riders are advised to use the subway's Broad Street or Market-Frankford lines to minimize travel delays.

    All road closures are expected to be reopened by 6 p.m. on Sunday. Click here for a list of Sunday closures.

    Signage for street closures and parking will be posted in advance along the race course, which includes neighborhoods such as Center City, Old City, South Philly, Rittenhouse Square, University City, Powelton Village, Mantua and Fairmount Park for both big races and also East Falls and Manayunk for the full marathon.

    Museums are open

    If your weekend plans involve visiting a cultural institution along or near the Franklin Parkway, you may want to consider using public transportation. These institutions generally maintain normal weekend hours and include the Barnes Foundation, the Franklin Institute, the Free Library of Philadelphia/Parkway Central Library, the Philadelphia Museum of Art & the Perelman Building Annex, and the Eastern State Penitentiary.

    For more information on exhibit hours, admission and parking accommodations, consult each institution’s website or go to the Parkway Museums website

    Saturday road closures:

    • 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 Market to Chestnut streets
    • 5th Street from Chestnut to Race
    • South Penn Square
    • Juniper from Chestnut to Market
    • John F. Kennedy Blvd., from Juniper to 17th streets
    • 15th Street, from Race to Chestnut streets
    • 16th Street, from Chestnut to Race 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 Locust streets
    • Lombard from 5th to Broad streets
    • 13th Street from Bainbridge to Chestnut Street
    • Walnut Street from 6th to 34th streets
    • 34th Street, Walnut to Girard Ave.
    • Girard Ave., 40th to 33rd St.
    • 33rd St. from Girard to C.B. Moore
    • Reservoir Drive from 33rd to Diamond Street
    • Mt. Pleasant Drive
    • Fountain Green Drive
    • Kelly Drive
    Sunday road closures:
    • 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
    • 4th 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, 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