King of Prussia, PA – Travel restrictions will be in effect 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 restriction for the Democratic National Convention, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.
The I-95 lane closures, plus a restriction on the Interstate 676 east ramp to I-95 south, are in place to support the Pennsylvania State Police in its enforcement of the five-ton commercial truck restriction, which is associated with the security for the convention at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia. The restrictions 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) during the week if needed to allow the state police to safely perform the enforcement detail.
Motorists are advised to allow more time for travel on I-95 north and south through these interchange areas this week because traffic slowdowns and delays will occur, especially during peak weekday morning and evening drive times.
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 directly to 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). 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 coming week because these highways will experience heavier traffic volumes 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.
To assist residents and visitors before and during the convention, PennDOT launched www.511PA.com/DNC
– a detailed travelers’ website. The site’s home page offers options to see information about real-time traffic conditions on highways in the Philadelphia region and lists street closures around the convention venue. This site is accessible from both desktop and mobile interfaces.
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com
. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.
MEDIA CONTACT: Gene Blaum, 610-205-6800
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