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I-95 North Lane Closures at Exit 13 at Philadelphia International Airport for Five-Ton Commercial Tr

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July 23, 2016



I-95 North Lane Closures at Exit 13 Near Philadelphia International Airport for Five-Ton Commercial Truck Restriction



King of Prussia, PA - Lane closures are in place on northbound Interstate 95 at Exit 13 (Interstate 76 West/Route 291/Valley Forge) near Philadelphia International in Philadelphia as part of the five-ton commercial truck restriction that is in effect for the Democratic National Convention, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.



The lane restrictions on I-95 north are in support of the Pennsylvania State Police enforcement of the five-ton commercial truck restriction that is associated with the security for the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia.



Motorists need to allow more time for travel on I-95 north in this part of the city because traffic slowdowns will occur with traffic reduced to one lane.



In addition, motorists traveling south on I-95 should anticipate possible delays approaching Exit 22 (Interstate 676) in Philadelphia due to intermittent lane restrictions for the enforcement of the five-ton commercial truck restriction.



Commercial trucks and other vehicles weighing more than five tons are being rerouted off I-95 between Exit 13 (I-76 West/Route 291/Valley Forge) and Exit 22 (I-676). The posted detours for drivers of vehicles over five tons to follow to return to I-95 once they exit the interstate are:



*       From I-95 north: Route 291 (Penrose Avenue) east, to 26th Street, to Interstate 76 west, to Interstate 676 east; and
*       From I-95 south: I-676 west, to I-76 east, to 26th Street, to Route 291(Penrose Avenue) west.



All interstate highways and expressways in the Philadelphia region remain open to passenger vehicles throughout the convention. Commuters and commercial truck drivers are advised to allow additional time for travel on I-76, I-676 and Route 291 over the next week because these highways will experience heavier traffic volumes due to commercial vehicles being diverted off I-95.



Among the types of commercial vehicles 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 I-95.



Northbound and southbound entrance ramps to I-95 between Exit 13 and Exit 22 are closed to commercial vehicles over five tons. Commercial vehicles are directed to use arterial roads to reach either I-95 north or south beyond Exit 13 or Exit 22.



To assist residents and visitors before and during the convention, PennDOT launched www.511PA.com/DNC<http://www.511PA.com/DNC> - a detailed travelers' website. The site's home page offers options to see information about real-time traffic conditions on highways in the Philadelphia region and lists street closures around the convention venue. This site is accessible from both desktop and mobile interfaces.



Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com<http://www.511PA.com>. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.



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