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Trucks restricted on I-95 in Philadelphia during Democratic National Convention

Security will be elevated in Philadelphia from July 23 to July 29 with the Democratic National Convention in town. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced commercial vehicles over 5 tons will be restricted on Interstate 95 during that time.

Starting Saturday, July 23, at 12 p.m. and ending midday Friday, July 29, commercial vehicles weighing more than 5 tons will be prohibited from traveling on Interstate 95 between Exit 13 (Interstate 76 West/Route 291/Valley Forge) and Exit 22 (Interstate 676).

All commercial vehicles more than 5 tons will be restricted to the interstate, including 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. Even motor homes and recreational trailers for personal use will be restricted if they weigh in at more than 5 tons.

Oversized loads will be prohibited from traveling in the region for the same time frame.

Detours include:
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.
The restriction will also apply to northbound and southbound I-95 entrance ramps between Exit 13 and Exit 22. Vehicles will be redirected to arterial roads to access I-95.

Other closures include:

The I-95 exit ramps at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) in south Philadelphia also will be closed during convention week.
The I-95 north exit ramp at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) will be closed from Friday, July 22 at 10 p.m. until midday Friday, July 29.
The southbound I-95 exit ramp at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) will be open intermittently, but only for access to the Navy Yard. The southbound exit-ramp will be closed:
Friday, July 22, at 10 p.m. to Saturday, July 23, at 6 a.m.;
Monday, July 25, at 2 p.m. to Tuesday, July 26, at 2 a.m.;
Tuesday, July 26, at 2 p.m. to Wednesday, July 27, at 2 a.m.;
Wednesday, July 27, at 2 p.m. to Thursday, July 28, at 2 a.m.; and
Thursday, July 28, at 2 p.m. to midday Friday, July 29.

PennDot will launch a website in July informing travellers of the temporary changes. Drivers can go to 511PA.com/DNC for real-time traffic information, colour-coded maps and other traffic information affected by the convention