The world's largest high school rowing competition returns to the shores and waters of the Schuylkill River this weekend and that means a major thoroughfare will be closed to motorists.
The Kelly Drive through Fairmount Park is the major closure for the 2014 Stotesbury Cup Regatta Friday and Saturday and the Manny Flick Regatta Sunday.
A 1-1/2 mile stretch of Kelly Drive was closed Thursday morning and will remain closed between Strawberry Mansion Drive and Fountain Green Drive until 8 p.m. Sunday.
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) and the Martin Luther King Drive the next few days.
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The 88th Annual Stotesbury Cup brings teenage rowers from around the country to Philly while the Flick Regatta features some of the city's best.