Big final changes coming since NFL Draft Week is here!

- If you haven’t seen the Ben Franklin Parkway near the Art Museum yet, you’re missing a taste of the spectacle that is the NFL.

The 2017 NFL Draft takes place Thursday through Saturday, and more work has to happen before then.

A huge open air theater is set up in front of the Art Museum by Eakins Oval.

The full extent of road closures for the NFL Draft will go into effect at 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 25. The full extent of these closures will be in place until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, May 1st.   All road closures will be lifted by May 7th.

Phase 4 – Full Extent of Road Closures:
  • Martin Luther King Drive closed at Sweet Briar Drive, starting at 12PM on 4/26 and reopening at 5 AM on 5/1. Road will not be opened during peak AM rush hour.
  • 21st Street closed from Winter Street to Spring Garden Street
  • Local access to Pennsylvania Avenue only (all traffic must turn left)
  • 22nd Street closed from Race Street to Spring Garden Street
  • Local access to Park Towne Place only (residents)
  • 23rd Street closed from Fairmount Avenue to Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Local access only
  • 24th Street closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Park Towne Place
  • Local access only
  • Kelly Drive closed from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue
  • Spring Garden Street Bridge closed at 31st Street at I-76 ramp
  •  Local access to I-76 westbound will be maintained
  • Local access to Art Museum will be maintained (via Anne d' Harnoncourt Drive)
  • Spring Garden Street closed from 22nd Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Local access after peak AM rush hour
  • Pennsylvania Avenue closed from Hamilton Street to Fairmount Avenue
  • Local access after peak AM rush hour
  • Pennsylvania Avenue/Callowhill Street closed from 20th Street to 21st Street
  • Local access to Barnes Foundation driveway (westbound) only
  • Eastbound open from 21st Street
  • Park Towne Place closed from 22nd Street to 24th Street
  • Local access only (residents)
  • I-676 westbound 22nd Street off-ramp closed
  • The following streets will be designated “local access only” west of 22nd Street:
  • Wallace Street
  • Mt. Vernon Street
  • Green Street
  • Judson Street
  • Brandywine Street
  • Summer Street
  • The following streets will be designated local access only east of 22nd Street:
  • Spring Street
  • Winter Street
No Parking

-   No parking on 2400 Pennsylvania Avenue (south side angle parking only) from 4/5 to 5/8
-   Pennsylvania Avenue between 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue (south side of street only) 4/25-5/1
-   Winter Street between 20th & 22nd Streets (both sides of street) 4/26-5/1
-   20th Street between Vine & Callowhill Streets (east side of street only) 4/26-5/1
-   21st Street between Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Race Street (both sides of street) 4/26-5/1
-   22nd Street between Winter & Spring Garden Streets (both sides of street) 4/26-5/1
-   Park Towne Place between 22nd & 24th Streets (both sides of street) 4/26-5/1

Vehicles wishing to access the Art Museum parking garage and Anne d' Harnoncourt Drive will have to pass through a checkpoint and a brief vehicle sweep starting at 7am on Thursday, 4/27 and ending at approx. 9pm on Saturday, 4/29.
Checkpoints will be setup at the following locations:
- Kelly Drive between Fairmount Avenue and 25th Street
- Anne d' Harnoncourt Drive and Spring Garden Street (south side of the Art Museum)
- Waterworks Drive
All vehicles wishing to access the Art Museum parking garage and Anne d'Harnoncourt Drive from the north (Kelly Drive) side must enter the checkpoint at Kelly Drive and Fairmount Avenue.  Vehicles will not be permitted to enter at 25th Street.  During this timeframe, vehicles requiring access to these locations will be permitted to make a left turn onto Kelly Drive from Fairmount Avenue.  Directional signage will be displayed, and Philadelphia Police will be on hand to facilitate traffic flow

Last week, the inner lanes (inbound and outbound) of the Parkway were closed from Eakins Oval to 20th Street.

Two weeks ago, these changes took place:

   --Spring Garden Street westbound closed at Pennsylvania Avenue.
   --Lane restrictions started on the Parkway and Kelly Drive started.
   --The right two lanes of Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum steps closed for the building of the theater.

Also, production setup has meant no parking on the 2400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue since way back on April 5.

Still to come, there will be no parking in these areas:
   --Pennsylvania Avenue between 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue (south side of street only)
   --Winter Street between 20th and 22nd streets (both sides of street)
   --20th Street between Vine and Callowhill streets (east side of street only)
   --21st Street between Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Race Street (both sides of street)
   --22nd Street between Winter and Spring Garden streets (both sides of street)
   --Park Towne Place between 22nd and 24th Streets (both sides of street)

Definitely expect closures and leave extra time if you have to go through the area.

SEPTA Bus routes 27, 38 and 43 are already being impacted. Starting Monday, more closures on the Parkway will impact Routes 7, 32, 38, 43 and 48. Click here for details. And SEPTA’s CCT Connect service will pick up at 20th and Spring Garden streets (2000 Spring Garden Street), near the Route 43 transit stop.

If you haven’t realized, these closures are going for much longer than for regular events – such as Welcome America over July 4, Made in America over Labor Day, and the Thanksgiving parade.

Also, according to Karen Lockhart Fegely, Philadelphia’s Deputy Commerce Director for Neighborhood Business Services, "There's no reason to expect the inconvenience for businesses around the Parkway to be anything like what was experienced during the Pope's visit, Businesses can stay open and we hope some will benefit from this free, family-friendly event which is expected to bring 200,000 visitors to our city over three days."

Click here for All you need to know about the 2017 NFL Draft, your ultimate guide from FOX 29 News, which is being updated constantly.


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