Transportation restrictions for pope's visit unveiled

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 5, 2015 3:15 PM

Photo by Lindsay Lazarski/Keystone Crossroads

(Philadelphia) -- Officials are warning those traveling to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis next month that the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and some highways will be closed during his visit.

Delaware River Port Authority officials said the bridge between Philadelphia and New Jersey will be closed to vehicles from Friday, Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. until about noon on Monday, Sept. 28. The bridge will remain open to pedestrians crossing between New Jersey and Philadelphia.

Mayor Michael Nutter said driving will be limited by a "traffic box" extending north and south of the city center and to a portion of west Philadelphia. Drivers will be able to leave the ``box'' but will not be allowed to re-enter, with authorized vehicle access roads for emergency vehicles only.

City courts will be closed and some city services limited.

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