Road closures, SEPTA schedules for Made in America

Workers set up a staging area in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the Budweiser Made in America festival as a "Rocky" enthusiast does the character's famous dance on the museum steps.
Workers set up a staging area in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the Budweiser Made in America festival as a "Rocky" enthusiast does the character's famous dance on the museum steps. (STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer)
Posted: August 30, 2014

The Budweiser Made in America music festival will again shine an international spotlight on Philadelphia - and bring the usual street closures and traffic detours in Center City through the Labor Day weekend.

SEPTA will respond by increasing service on its Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines as well as Regional Rail service to accommodate the influx of people attending the two-day event along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Nearly 50 acts will perform on four stages, including Kanye West on Saturday night and Pharrell Williams and Kings of Leon on Sunday night. Gates open at noon and performances are scheduled to start at 1:15 p.m. each day. Tickets are required.

Streets around the festival site will be closed in phases. Two lanes in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art were closed Wednesday.

On Thursday, the inner lanes on both sides of the Parkway were closed from 22d Street to Eakins Oval. They will not reopen until Tuesday.

Cross traffic along the Parkway will be closed beginning at 10 a.m. Friday. Traffic headed into Center City on Kelly Drive will be diverted onto Fairmount Avenue. Inbound traffic on the Spring Garden Street Bridge and Martin Luther King Drive will be diverted to the 24th Street ramp.

SEPTA bus routes 7, 32, 33, 38, 43, and 48 will be rerouted from 10 a.m. Friday until Monday morning.

The Broad Street subway and Market-Frankford Line will run overnight starting Friday into Monday morning.

There will be additional late-night service Saturday and Sunday on Regional Rail lines departing Center City.

The Sunday shutdown in the Center City trolley tunnel for renovations was canceled and the Route 10, 11, 13, 34, and 36 trolleys will run through the tunnel Sunday night.

City officials are urging people attending the festival to use public transportation. Drivers can park at commercial off-street lots and garages. The Philadelphia Parking Authority lists parking options at philapark.org.

Some cultural institutions along the Parkway will offer extended hours, but the Rodin Museum will be closed Saturday and Sunday.

The festival boundaries are 20th Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Park Towne Place, Pennsylvania Avenue from 20th to 25th Streets, the south side of Eakins Oval from Martin Luther King Drive to 24th Street, and Park Towne Place from 24th to 20th Streets.

There will be three entrances to the festival. The main entrance will be on the Parkway at 22d Street. A second entrance will be at 23d Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. The VIP entrance will be at 24th Street and Martin Luther King Drive at Eakins Oval.


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