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Large-Truck Restriction for Democratic Convention Starts Saturday

July 21, 2016

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In preparation for the Democratic National Convention, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is reminding drivers that the Interstate 95 restriction near Philadelphia will start on July 23 at noon.

Commercial vehicles in excess of five tons will be prohibited from traveling on Interstate 95 between Exit 12 and Exit 22 from Saturday, July 23 until midday Friday on July 29.

Additionally, the northbound and southbound Interstate 95 exit ramps at the Broad Street/Route 611 Interchange in South Philadelphia will be closed to all traffic on Friday July 22 at 8:00 p.m. and reopened by midday on Friday July 29.

All interstate highways and expressways in the Philadelphia region will remain open to passenger vehicles throughout the convention.

However, commuters and commercial truck drivers are advised to allow additional time for travel on Interstate 76, Interstate 676 and Route 291 during the week of the convention because these highways will experience heavier traffic volumes due to commercial vehicles being diverted off I-95.

Among the types of commercial vehicles to be restricted from traveling on this nine-mile stretch of I-95 during the convention are 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.

Motor homes and recreational trailers operated for personal use and weighing more than five tons also will be restricted from using this part of Interstate 95.

PennDOT and its regional transportation partners are using 109 permanent and portable electronic message signs to inform commercial drivers and travelers of Interstate 95 restrictions in Philadelphia during this special event.

Informational messages began running July 16 and will continue until the end of the convention.

For more information, click here.

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