Travel Tools Available for Residents, DNC Visitors

first_imgTravel Tools Available for Residents, DNC Visitors By: Leslie Richards, Secretary of Transportation Read more blog posts on the Democratic National Convention.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf DNC,  The Blog The Democratic National Convention, being held from July 25 to 28, will bring thousands of visitors, media and others to Philadelphia. Pennsylvania is excited to host this national event and PennDOT is working with national, state and local officials to ensure it’s a safe and smooth one.To help residents and visitors alike, we’ve set up 511pa.com/DNC, a travelers’ website dedicated to this event. There, you can find information on real-time traffic conditions in the Philadelphia region, along with street closures around the convention venue at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia. The site is responsive on mobile devices so you can check the site from just about anywhere!Even if you’re not attending the convention or plan to just pass through the region, I encourage you to check out the site in advance and also during the event so you can plan ahead and avoid any potential inconveniences as much as possible.We’re taking many measures to not only help maintain safety, but also to keep you moving.Road Restrictions, Closures, and DetoursAll interstate highways and expressways in the Philadelphia region will remain open to passenger vehicles throughout the convention. Commuters should allow additional time for travel on I-76, I-676 and Route 291 during this time because these highways will experience heavier traffic volumes due to commercial vehicles being diverted off I-95 (see “Commercial Drivers”). Citizens should consider using public transportation for travel into and out of Center City.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 8:00 PM until midday Friday, July 29.The southbound I-95 exit ramp at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) will be open intermittently during convention week, but only for access to the Navy Yard. The southbound exit-ramp will be closed:Friday, July 22, at 8:00 PM to Saturday, July 23, at 6:00 AM;Monday, July 25, at 2:00 PM to Tuesday, July 26, at 2:00 AM;Tuesday, July 26, at 2:00 PM to Wednesday, July 27, at 2:00 AM;Wednesday, July 27, at 2:00 PM to Thursday, July 28, at 2:00 AM; andThursday, July 28, at 2:00 PM to midday Friday, July 29.The southbound I-95 off-ramp will be open to the Navy Yard only at all other times during convention week.The posted detours for motorists to follow during the closure of the I-95 exit ramps at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) are:From I-95 North: Route 291 (Penrose Avenue) east, to Moyamensing Avenue, to Oregon Avenue to Broad Street (Route 611); andFrom I-95 South: Enterprise Avenue, to Island Avenue, to Route 291 (Penrose Avenue) east, to Moyamensing Avenue, to Oregon Avenue to Broad Street (Route 611).Commercial DriversDue to security at the convention, there will be some commercial vehicle restrictions in place during the event. Commercial vehicles weighing more than five tons will be prohibited from traveling on Interstate 95 between Exit 13 (Interstate 76 West/Route 291/Valley Forge) and Exit 22 (Interstate 676) in Philadelphia from Saturday, July 23 at 12:00 PM, until midday Friday, July 29.What commercial vehicles are restricted?Among the types of commercial vehicles to be restricted from traveling on this part 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.In addition, motor homes and recreational trailers operated for personal use and weighing more than five tons will also be restricted from traveling on this section of I-95.Keeping You Informed and MovingWhen it comes to managing area roadways, PennDOT is working closely with regional transportation partners to coordinate travel-related messaging and the use of electronic message signs to inform commercial drivers and travelers of I-95 travel restrictions in Philadelphia during this special event. Messages will be posted on 109 permanent and portable electronic message signs beginning Saturday, July 16, and continuing throughout the week of the convention.PennDOT will not close travel lanes on the following interstate highways and expressways for construction and maintenance activities from Sunday night, July 24, to Friday morning, July 29: I-76; I-95 between I-676 and I-476: I-676; U.S. 202 between Route 29 and I-76; and U.S. 422 between U.S. 202 and Route 23.Expanded, Free Roadside AssistanceTo further help motorists and expedite the reopening of travel lanes resulting from breakdowns or incidents during the convention, PennDOT will operate its State Farm Safety Patrol tow truck service around-the-clock from Saturday, July 23, to Friday, July 29, on I-76; I-95 between Route 63 and the Delaware state line; I-476; I-676; U.S. 202 between Boot Road and I-76; and U.S. 422 between U.S. 202 and Route 29.Visit the City of Philadelphia website to learn more about the convention, receive alerts from the city, and much more. 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Football camp this weekend to feature Chow, Leinart, Montana

first_imgLocal quarterbacks Dayne Crist of Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks and Graham Wilbert of Valencia are participating this weekend. “We’ve merged with the creators of the U.S. Army Bowl, so this is a real huge undertaking – bigger than I thought it was going to be,” Clarkson said. “The demand has been overwhelming. At first, we were just going to do four cities – L.A., Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Austin, Texas. But we’ve added five more cities, including Honolulu during Pro Bowl weekend. Kids from 26 states are going to be at the San Marino camp.” Prominent quarterback coach Steve Clarkson, a former Denver Bronco who tutors many of the area’s top high school quarterbacks, will launch the first of several national football camps Saturday and Sunday in San Marino. Guest coaches include Tennessee Titans assistant coach Norm Chow, former USC Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart and former NFL great Joe Montana. – Erik Boal Saugus’ Gauthier commits to Division III Mt. Union College Saugus High quarterback Nick Gauthier has committed to Mt. Union College, the nation’s premier NCAA Division III program. Mt. Union has won nine national titles since 1993, including the past two seasons. Gauthier completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,896 yards and 16 touchdowns this past season. “I think Nick is an outstanding player, and the future of our program bodes well with him playing quarterback,” said Mt. Union assistant coach Vince Kehres. “He’s a dual threat – an outstanding passer who has great feet and can run. He can make plays a lot of different ways.” In other Saugus football recruiting news, defensive back Kyle Monson plans to walk on at Oregon State, and offensive lineman Ramsen Golpashin has been accepted by Div. III Occidental, though he might walk on at UCLA or Cal. – Gerry Gittelson AVC basketball coach Horton looks to match Tarkanian feat Antelope Valley College men’s basketball coach Dieter Horton is the second coach in junior college history to reach the state championships (elite eight) with two different schools in consecutive seasons. The Marauaders (29-6) will face North Ohlone College of Fremont on Thursday in Fresno for a chance to reach the final four. Horton could become the second coach in junior college history to win the state tournament with two different schools in two seasons. Horton led Fullerton College to the championship last season. Jerry Tarkanian was the first coach to win the tournament in back-to-back years with two different teams: Riverside in the 1965-66 season and Pasadena in 1966-67. – Ivan Orozco Valley wrestlers compete in Mexican Olympics qualifier Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando wrestlers Brandon Sotomayor, 13, and Carlos Lazo, 13, took first place in their respective weight categories at the Tijuana, Mexico, regional finals. The competition held this weekend at the UABC, a state university in Tijuana, serves as the qualifying tournament for the Mexican 2007 National Olympics. Sotomayor, an eighth-grader, won the 140-pound (66 kilograms) division, while Lazo, a seventh-grader, clinched the 125-pound (57 kilograms) title. Both wrestlers will compete in the national tournament in Veracruz, Mexico, in May. – Ivan Orozco Pepperdine baseball players earn West Coast Conference honors Pepperdine baseball players Barry Enright and Chase d’Arnaud were honored as the West Coast Conference’s top performers for the first month of the season. Enright, a junior right-hander, was selected as the February conference Co-Pitcher of the Month. D’Arnaud, a sophomore third baseman, is the Player of the Month. Enright went 4-0 with a 0.59 ERA and finished the month with a 211/3 consecutive scoreless innings streak. D’Arnaud batted .415 and ranked third in the WCC with 16 RBIs, including six in a Feb. 27 game against UC Irvine, his first career two-home run game. The nationally ranked Waves went 11-3 in February. – Heather Gripp New England Patriots’ Cassel returns to Northridge on Saturday Matt Cassel, a New England Patriots quarterback who helped Northridge Little League to the 1994 Little League World Series baseball final in Williamsport, Pa., returns Saturday morning as the guest speaker for Northridge’s opening day ceremony. – Gerry Gittelson East-West All-Star Football Game has four quarterbacks confirm Rosters haven’t been finalized for the 11th annual East-West All-Star Football Game on June10 at Birmingham High in Lake Balboa, but among the confirmations are quarterbacks Alex Pettee (Hart of Newhall) and James Beloff (Birmingham of Lake Balboa) for the West, and Nate Longshore (Canyon of Canyon Country) and Luke Collis (St. Francis of La Canada Flintridge) for the East. Information: (818) 999-5197. – Gerry Gittelson 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Information: www.air7qbu.com. – Gerry Gittelson Oak Park’s Rice strikes out school-record 18 batters Oak Park sophomore pitcher Julia Rice struck out a school-record 18 batters in the host Eagles’ 1-0, 10-inning nonleague victory Tuesday over L.A. Baptist of North Hills. Rice (2-0) broke the previous mark of 17, set in a seven-inning game in 2000 by Dana Porter. last_img read more