Lane closures will remain in place this week on Interstate 95 north approaching Exit 13 (Interstate 76West/Route 291/Valley Forge) and I-95 south approaching Exit 22 (Interstate 676) in Philadelphia for the enforcement of the five-ton commercial truck ban for the Democratic National Convention, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced.
Motorists are advised to use alternate routes or allow additional time to travel on I-95 north and south this week due to traffic slowdowns, especially during peak weekday morning and evening drive times.
The I-95 travel restrictions, plus a lane closure on the Interstate 676 east ramp to I-95 south, are in place to support the Pennsylvania State Police in enforcing the five-ton commercial truck ban, which is part of the security plan for the convention at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia. The five-ton truck ban and associated lane closures will be in place until midday Friday, July 29.
I-95 north is reduced from three lanes to two at Exit 13 (I-76 West/Route 291/Valley Forge) near the Philadelphia International Airport. The adjacent collector/distributor roadway alongside I-95 north also is restricted to two lanes in this area.
On I-95 south, traffic is reduced from 4 lanes to 3 lanes moving through the Girard Avenue Interchange toward the I-676 Interchange at Exit 22 (I-676).
In addition, the I-676 east exit ramp to I-95 south is reduced from two lanes to one.
Intermittent lane closures also may occur on I-95 at Exit 13 (I-76 West/Route 291/Valley Forge) and Exit 22 (I-676) this week, if needed, to allow the state police to safely perform the enforcement detail.
Among the alternate routes motorists can take this week when traveling north from Delaware or Delaware County are: Interstate 476 north to Interstate 276/Pennsylvania Turnpike east or Interstate 295 north in New Jersey for through travelers; and Route 291, MacDade Boulevard, U.S. 13 (Chester Pike), U.S 1 and Route 3 (West Chester Pike).
Southbound alternate routes in Philadelphia include U.S. 1 (Roosevelt Boulevard), Aramingo Avenue, Tacony Street/State Road, U.S. 13 (Bristol Pike/Frankford Avenue), and Torresdale Avenue.
Drivers traveling north on I-95 this week en route to Philadelphia International Airport are advised to use Exit 9A (Route 420 south) or Exit 10 (Cargo City/Bartram Avenue) and then follow Route 291 to reach the airport.
Commercial trucks and other vehicles weighing more than five tons are being rerouted off I-95 between Exit 13 (I-76 West/Route 291/Valley Forge) and Exit 22 (I-676) during the convention. The posted detours for drivers of vehicles over five tons to follow to return to I-95 once they exit the interstate are:
- From I-95 north: Route 291 (Penrose Avenue) east, to 26th Street, to Interstate 76 west, to Interstate 676 east; and
- From I-95 south: I-676 west, to I-76 east, to 26th Street, to Route 291(Penrose Avenue) west.
All interstate highways and expressways in the Philadelphia region remain open to passenger vehicles throughout the convention. Commuters and commercial truck drivers also are advised to allow more time for travel on I-76, I-676 and Route 291 this week due to commercial vehicles being diverted off I-95.
Among the types of commercial vehicles restricted from traveling on this nine-mile stretch of I-95 during the convention are delivery trucks, utility vehicles, parcel trucks, small dump trucks, buses, flatbed and stake trucks, refrigerated and box trucks, large delivery trucks, refuse trucks, cement mixers, buses, and all tractor trailer combinations including double trailers.
Motor homes and recreational trailers operated for personal use and weighing more than five tons also are restricted from using this part of I-95.
Northbound and southbound entrance ramps to I-95 between Exit 13 and Exit 22 are closed to commercial vehicles over five tons. Commercial vehicles are directed to use arterial roads to reach either I-95 north or south beyond Exit 13 or Exit 22.
The I-95 exit ramps at the Broad Street/Route 611 (Exit 17) also remain closed until midday Friday, July 29. The northbound I-95 exit ramp is closed for the duration of the convention, and the southbound exit ramp is open intermittently, but only for access to the Navy Yard. The southbound exit-ramp is closed:
- Tuesday, July 26, at 2:00 PM to Wednesday, July 27, at 2:00 AM;
- Wednesday, July 27, at 2:00 PM to Thursday, July 28, at 2:00 AM; and
- Thursday, July 28, at 2:00 PM to midday Friday, July 29.
The posted detours for motorists to follow during the closure of the I-95 exit ramps at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) are:
- From I-95 North: Route 291 (Penrose Avenue) east, to Moyamensing Avenue, to Oregon Avenue to Broad Street (Route 611); and
- From I-95 South: Enterprise Avenue, to Island Avenue, to Route 291 (Penrose Avenue) east, to Moyamensing Avenue, to Oregon Avenue to Broad Street (Route 611).
PennDOT and its regional transportation partners are using more than 100 permanent and portable electronic message signs to complement stationary signs to inform commercial drivers and travelers of I-95 restrictions in Philadelphia during this special event. Informational messages began running Saturday, July 16, and will continue until the end of the convention.
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