What Roads Are Closed For the Philadelphia Marathon

Sunday, November 20

As part of enhanced security for the AACR Philadelphia Marathon, City of Philadelphia’s “No Parking” regulations will be strictly enforced. All vehicles on the race route will be relocated, beginning at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 20.

2:00 a.m. Closures

  • 2000-2400 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

  • Spring Garden Street, from Pennsylvania Avenue to Benjamin Franklin Parkway

  • 23rd Street, from Pennsylvania Avenue to Benjamin Franklin Parkway

  • 22nd Street, from Winter Street to Park Towne Place (Local Access to Park Towne Place)

  • 21st Street, from Pennsylvania Avenue to Winter Street

4:00 a.m. Closures

  • I-676 off-ramp at 22nd Street (westbound)

  • I-76 off-ramp at Spring Garden (eastbound)


6:00 a.m. Closures

  • 17th Street, from Arch Street to Vine Street

  • 18th Street, from Arch Street to Callowhill Street

  • 19th Street, from Arch Street to Callowhill Street

  • 20th Street, from Arch Street to Callowhill Street

  • 21st Street, from Arch Street to Spring Garden Street

  • 22nd Street, from Arch Street to Spring Garden Street

  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway, from 16th Street to 20th Street

  • Arch Street, between 3rd Street and 16th Street

  • 4th Street, between Arch Street and Vine Streets

  • Race Street, from 6th Street to Columbus Boulevard

  • Columbus Boulevard (southbound lanes), from Vine Street to Washington Avenue

  • Southbound off-ramp, from I-95 at Washington Avenue

  • Washington Avenue, from Columbus Boulevard to Front Street

  • Front Street, from Washington Avenue to South Street

  • South Street, from Front Street to 7th Street

  • 6th Street, from Bainbridge Street to Market Street

  • Chestnut Street, from 6th Street to 10th Street

  • Walnut Street, from 6th Street to 34th Street

  • 33rd Street, from Walnut Street to Chestnut Street

  • Chestnut Street, from 33rd Street to 34th Street

  • 34th Street, from Chestnut Street to Girard Avenue

  • Lansdowne Drive, from Girard Avenue to South Concourse Drive

  • South Concourse Drive, from Lansdowne to West Memorial Hall Drive

  • East Memorial Hall Drive, from South Concourse to Avenue of the Republic

  • Avenue of the Republic, from East Memorial Hall Drive to Catholic Fountain

  • Belmont Avenue, Montgomery to Parkside Avenue

  • States Drive to Lansdowne Drive

  • Lansdowne Drive to Girard Avenue

  • Girard Avenue Bridge, from Lansdowne Drive to 33rd Street

  • 33rd Street, from Girard Avenue to Reservoir Drive

  • Reservoir Drive, from 33rd Street to Edgley Drive

  • Edgley Drive, from Reservoir Drive to Fountain Green Drive

  • Fountain Green Drive, from Edgley Drive to Kelly Drive

  • Kelly Drive

  • The Falls Bridge

  • Ridge Avenue, from Schoolhouse Lane to Manayunk Avenue

  • Main Street, from Ridge Avenue to Conarroe Street

Local access will be maintained for residents and businesses at traffic control points controlled by Philadelphia Police.

Access to the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sunday, November 20 during event hours will be maintained via Spring Garden Street (Spring Garden Street Bridge) to Anne D’ Harnoncourt Drive.

Motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians can expect delays when trying to cross roads or streets along the race course. Police will allow traffic through intersections when possible, depending on the flow of race participants. All streets (with the exception of Eakins Oval) are scheduled to be reopened no later than 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 20, and many roads in Center City will open earlier in the day as they are cleared and serviced. Eakins Oval and Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be fully open to traffic by 5:00 p.m.

Public Transportation

Philadelphia’s mass transit system (SEPTA) offers two subway lines, regional rail service to and from the surrounding suburbs, and bus service throughout the city.  Below is a summary of SEPTA detours (from the SEPTA website) that will be in effect during Marathon Race Weekend. Check the SEPTA website for additional information.

Bus detour information and updates or changes to service will be published on SEPTA’s System Status page. Customers can also use TransitView on the SEPTA app. Riders should check System Status regularly or follow @SEPTA and @SEPTA_BUS on Twitter for updates. Detour times are subject to change.

Detours: Half Marathon & Marathon

Detours on the Routes listed below are scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20. Select buses will operate on different routes during the Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon and the AACR Philadelphia Marathon. Service is subject to change. Customers should refer to System Status regularly for updates to routing throughout the day.

In addition to the routes noted below, Bus Routes 7, 32, 33, 38, 43, 48, and 49 will operate on a temporary detour to allow for the setup of marathon events on Ben Franklin Parkway between Eakins Oval and 20th Street. Routing information will be posted to System Status prior to the event.

Routes K-12

  • K, R, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 12

Routes 16-31

  • 16, 17, 21, 23, 25, 27, 30, 31

Routes 32-47

  • 32, 33, 35, 38, 40, 42, 43, 47

Routes 47M-125

  • 47M, 48, 57, 61, 64, 65, 124/125, Trolley Route 15 (Bus)

Regional Rail

Customers can take Regional Rail Trains to Suburban Station or 30th Street Station for access to the start and finish lines. Check the SEPTA website for schedule information and updates.

Event Alerts

Sign up for free text alerts from the City to get weather, transit, event details, and public safety updates. Text RUNPHL (one word, no space) to 888-777.

Connect with marathon course maps, public safety features, road closures, and more helpful tips by visiting the Office of Emergency Management’s story map: www.phila.gov/marathonweekend. Follow @PhilaOEM on Twitter and use #PhillyMarathon.

Impact on Cultural Institutions

While cultural institutions along or near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will experience the greatest impact from the race, they generally will maintain normal weekend hours of operation on Marathon Race Weekend. These institutions include: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Barnes Foundation, Fairmount Water Works, The Franklin Institute, Free Library of Philadelphia – Parkway Central Library, The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Perelman Building Annex, Rodin Museum, and Eastern State Penitentiary.

Parking may be available at or near the cultural institutions, but using public transportation is strongly encouraged. The institutions’ individual websites should be referenced for information on exhibit hours, ticket admission, parking accommodations, and Covid-19 safety guidelines.

NOTES TO MEDIA: All press will need to be at the race on Saturday and Sunday by 5 a.m. If entering on foot, media can check in at entrance point E1, located at Benjamin Franklin Parkway and North 22nd Street (southwest corner). If entering with a media vehicle, the entrance point is at E5, located at 25th Street and Kelly Drive (accessible via Pennsylvania Avenue), where all vehicles will be screened per public safety guidelines.


Please contact Jennifer Sherlock at js*******@je*****************.com to obtain general media passes or to RSVP to ride on the lead truck.

About the Philadelphia Marathon

The Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend, organized by the Office of the Managing Director, welcomes over 30,000 runners, 60,000 spectators, and 3,000 volunteers each year. Race Weekend 2021 features a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, November 18, and Saturday, November 19; Dietz & Watson Half Marathon and Rothman Orthopaedics 8K on Saturday, November 19; and the AACR Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 20. Race participants pass many of Philadelphia’s famous attractions on the swift and scenic USATF-certified course, which is a Boston qualifier. Take the first step to experiencing 26.2 miles of fun, beauty, history, and excitement by registering at philadelphiamarathon.com.


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