• Monday to Thursday, Sept. 21-24, Philadelphia operations will be “business as usual.”
  • Beginning Thursday, Sept. 24 at 10 p.m., travel restrictions and road closures will begin to go into effect.
  • There will be a "traffic box" surrounding Center City restricting inbound vehicular traffic beginning Friday, Sept. 25.
  • Highway closures will include I-676, the Ben Franklin Bridge and parts of I-76.
  • Pedestrian and biking access will be restricted in certain areas; the Ben Franklin Bridge will be open to pedestrians.
  • SEPTA service in Center City will be limited. Read more about SEPTA service here.


Starting Thursday, Sept. 24 at 10 p.m., the city will begin to establish three perimeters within Center City:

  • Secure perimeters: The city will establish secure perimeters on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and around Independence Hall. These areas will be fenced off, and people will need to pass through magnetometers to enter.
  • Secure vehicle perimeters: Surrounding the secure perimeters will be a secure vehicle perimeter. No traffic or street parking will be allowed within this area.
  • Traffic box: Beginning Friday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m., a “traffic box,” which surrounds the aforementioned perimeters, will restrict inbound vehicular traffic to Center City. Private vehicles will be able to travel within the box but cars cannot re-enter until approximately Monday morning. Cars not in the secure vehicle perimeter will be able to remain parked within the box.
  • Papal Perimeters Map

Click here to view the Papal Visit Street Parking Clearance Schedule (Tow Map)

Click here to view the official Papal Visit site Map and banned items list.

In addition, portions of several major roadways will be closed beginning on Friday, September 25th.

  • the Benjamin Franklin Bridge
  • I-76 eastbound from I-476 to I-95 and I-76 westbound from I-95 to U.S. Route 1 (Roosevelt Extension)
  • I-676 in both directions from I-76 to I-95, and
  • U.S. Route 1 in both directions from U.S. 30 to Belmont Avenue.
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