Road restrictions for big rigs during DNC, possible delays for all

PennDOT announced commercial vehicles weighing more than five tons will not be allowed on an eight-mile stretch of I-95 for almost a week during the Democratic National Convention.

That eight-mile stretch is between Exit 13 (I-76 West/Route 291/Valley Forge) and Exit 22 (I-676). The restriction will be from Saturday, July 23 at 12 noon until midday Friday, July 29.

The reason is security.

"PennDOT and regional transportation partners will utilize a combination of electronic message boards and stationary signs to guide commercial truck drivers along alternate routes during this temporary restriction," PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. "We urge commercial drivers, if possible, to travel on interstate highways outside the Philadelphia region during the week of the convention to avoid being diverted off I-95."

Among the types of commercial vehicles to be restricted from traveling on this part of I-95 during the convention are

It'll apply to 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.

Also, motor homes and recreational trailers operated for personal use and weighing more than five tons will also be restricted from traveling on the section of I-95.

Highways will remain open to passenger vehicles, but PennDOT says to allow additional time on I-76, I-676 and Route 291 commercial vehicles being diverted off I-95 will be using them.

Plus, there will be closures getting on and off I-95 at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) near the Wells Fargo Center. PennDOT says people should consider using public transportation for travel into and out of Center City.