Plan ahead for the visit of Pope Francis

August 11, 2015

For the first time in decades, the Pope will visit the United States, arriving in Philadelphia on September 25.

Anyone planning to travel through or near Philadelphia during his stay may need to take an alternate route. In order to protect Pope Francis during his visit, and ensure safe foot travel in the city, the following roads will be closed through September 27th:

  • I-76 eastbound from I-476 to I-95 and I-76 westbound from I-95 to U.S. Route 1 (Roosevelt Extension).
  • I-676 in both directions from I-76 to I-95.
  • S. Route 1 in both directions from U.S. 30 to Belmont Avenue.
  • I-95 will remain open to traffic with only selected ramps closed due to street closures within the city and security needs.

Read more about those closures here.

There also will be restrictions with public transportation during that weekend. Amtrak tickets will need to be purchased as far in advance as possible, and a special pass is required. SEPTA will close 251 of its 282 rail stations, and will also require a special pass. A lottery system is in place for those passes; more information here. 

“Pope Francis’ visit is a momentous occasion for the country and Philadelphia. Motorists and other travelers should expect enormous crowds and serious traffic delays,” PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner said. “The City of Philadelphia, the Secret Service, SEPTA, Amtrak and PennDOT have put months of planning into this visit to ensure everyone’s safety, but travelers need to be aware of the route limitations.”


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