City Plans For Marathon Safety

- With the annual Philadelphia Marathon scheduled for this weekend, the leaders of the city and the marathon held a press conference Tuesday to lay out safety procedures for the event, in light of last week’s Paris attacks.

The event will include road closures at various points around the course, including the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and I-676 off-ramps.   

“Following last week's tragic events in Paris, we have received questions from runners and members of the public regarding security measures for our race this weekend,”  Desire Peterkin-Bell, the marathon’s race director, said in a statement. “The safety of our runners, spectators and staff has always been a top priority for the GORE-TEX  Philadelphia Marathon.

Peterkin-Bell added that the Marathon adopted new procedures following the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, which will continue, along with “enhanced security features that are not visible and cannot be shared with the public.”

According to the Philadelphia Marathon site, the following road closures will be in effect for the race Sunday:

The following streets will be affected across the city on November 22:
18th Street, from Arch to Callowhill streets 
19th Street, from Arch to Callowhill streets 
20th Street, from Arch to Callowhill streets 
21st Street, from Spring Garden to Arch streets 
22nd Street, from Spring Garden to Arch streets 
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, from 22nd to 16th streets 
Arch Street, between 16th to 4th streets 
4th Street Arch to Vine streets 
Race Street, from 4th Street to Columbus Boulevard 
Columbus Boulevard (Southbound lanes),
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, Front to 6th streets
 6th Street, Bainbridge to Market streets
 Chestnut Street, 6th to 34th streets
 34th Street, Chestnut Street to Girard Avenue
 Lansdowne Drive, Girard Avenue to South Concourse Drive
 South Concourse Drive, Lansdowne Drive to West Memorial Hall Drive
 West Memorial Hall Drive, South Concourse to Avenue of the Republic
 Avenue of the Republic, West Memorial Hall Drive to Centennial Circle
 Black Road
 Martin Luther King Drive
 Kelly Drive
 The Falls Bridge
 Ridge Avenue, Schoolhouse Lane to Manayunk Avenue
 Main Street, from Ridge Avenue to Green Lane





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