Traffic closings for Fourth of July events

Posted: June 29, 2012

As surely as the Fourth of July brings fireworks, Fourth of July events bring traffic headaches. Philadelphia officials have announced plans to temporarily shut down several streets over the next week because of the Wawa Welcome America celebration.

Here is a list of scheduled closings:

Friday. Chestnut Street will be closed at 9:30 a.m. at Front Street for the Taste of Philly event at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. SEPTA buses will be detoured onto Front Street.

Saturday. Chestnut Street remains closed at Front Street for Taste of Philly and the evening concert and fireworks at Penn's Landing. City officials note that Columbus Boulevard could be gridlocked after the 10 p.m. fireworks show.

Sunday. Chestnut Street reopens at 9 p.m.

Monday. The 500 block of Chestnut Street will be closed at 9:30 a.m. so crews can prepare for events in the historic district. The street will reopen for rush hour, from 3 to 6:30 p.m., then close again and remain closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesday. The eastbound inner drive of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed at 9:30 a.m. to allow workers to prepare for the concert and fireworks on the Fourth. The westbound inner drive will be closed after the evening rush hour, about 6:30.

Wednesday. The Parkway will be closed from Race Street to the Art Museum beginning at 6 a.m., and will stay closed until after the fireworks.

Other closings scheduled for Wednesday include:

Front Street, from Dock to Arch Streets.

Second Street, from Chestnut to Dock Streets.

Fifth Street, from Walnut to Arch Streets.

Sixth Street, from Walnut to Arch Streets.

Ninth Street, from Walnut to Market Streets.

Market Street, from Front to 11th Streets.

Chestnut Street, from Front to 10th Streets.

Walnut Street, from Front to Sixth Streets.

38th Parallel, from Spruce to Dock Streets.

Fairmount Avenue at Corinthian Street and Spring Garden Street at Broad Street will be closed for the Parkway concert and fireworks. Other streets in the area will be closed as well, though residents and people with authorized parking will be allowed to enter.

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