NFL Draft Brings Weeks of Road Closures to Philadelphia’s Art Museum Area

The NFL Draft in Philadelphia is still weeks away but the massive event is already impacting the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Here's what to epic.

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The NFL Draft and fan experience are set to take place from April 27 to 29 giving drafted players the opportunity to climb the famous “Rocky Steps” in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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"Yo, Adrian!" What can people visiting and driving near the Rocky Steps expect for the next few weeks as crews prepare the stag an NFL Draft Theatre?
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As of Tuesday, construction limited runners' and tourists' access to the iconic steps.
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Los Angeles, California-based rapper The Hyphenate wasn’t happy that construction prevented him from climbing the Rock Steps Tuesday: "I came all the way out here to film on the infamous Rocky Steps – I’m doing a music video – and it’s heartbreaking, it’s not happening now."
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The first parking restriction went into effect Wednesday along the 2400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue as south side angle parking will be restricted until May 8.
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The first road closure goes into effect Monday at 12:01 a.m. as Spring Garden Street westbound will close at Pennsylvania Avenue and the right two lanes of Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum steps will be closed for the building of the theatre.
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Monday, there will also be lane closures as part of Phase 1 of the NFL Draft buildout including a lane drop along the southbound Kelly Drive between 25th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
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"The left lane of Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed from east Eakins Oval to Spring Garden Street and continue to southbound Kelly Drive, where it will open up to three travel lanes," the city said.
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Phase 1 impacts are set to impact drivers until May 7.
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Weeks ahead of the draft some roads will be impacted.
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Phase 2 goes into effect on April 19 at 12:01 a.m. and last until May 2.
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Phase 2 includes the entire closure of all lanes of the parkway from Eakins Oval to 20th Street.
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Phase 3 goes into effect April 24 at 12:01 a.m. and lasts until 5 a.m. on May 1 and includes extensive closures that will impact drivers.
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Here is the city’s full list of the Phase 3 closures: -tBenjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed from 20th Street to the Art Museum.n-tMartin Luther King Drive will remain open to 24th Street.n-tEastbound Spring Garden Street will remain open from 31st Street to 24th Street.n-tKelly Drive will be closed at Fairmount Avenue with traffic detoured onto Fairmount Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue.
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The city will divert traffic onto Fairmount Avenue for anyone trying to access the Art Museum and will send drivers onto the 24th Street Ramp to I-676 from Eakins Oval.
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Phase 4 includes the basic entire closure of the area around the art museum and goes into effect on April 25 at 12:01 a.m. and lasts until 5 a.m. on May 1. If the road is in red, don't expect to use it during that time.
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Click here for the full list of Phase 4 closures and restrictions including parking restrictions from April 25 to May 1.
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Bicycle and pedestrian traffic will also be detoured in the area, the city said.
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Throughout the NFL Draft construction and event, parkway museums like the Barnes Foundation will remain open. Check with each institution about access during the event.
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The city suggests using SEPTA to get close the free NFL Draft Experience. Check SEPTA’s website for details.
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