Road closings planned during papal visit leave suburban businesses in quandary
About 40 percent of those filtering into Philadelphia for Pope Francis’ visit will be coming through the city’s western suburbs, according to a survey by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
With major roadways west of the city closed for the event, many are scratching their heads about how to get around — and get to work — in the suburbs during the weekend of Sept. 26-27.
Route 1 will be closed from Route 30 to Belmont Avenue. The Schuylkill Expressway, a heavily trafficked portion of I-76, will be closed eastbound from the Blue Route (I-476) in Montgomery County to I-95 in Philadelphia. Westbound, I-76 will be closed from I-95 to Route 1, within Philadelphia.
City Avenue Special Services District, a nonprofit that works with businesses along Route 1, has been knocking on doors to make sure companies are prepared and to find out their plans.