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Green Lights Again; Papal Road Closures Lifted

Weekend traffic along the length of U.S. Route 422, including vehicles using the new westbound on-ramp Saturday at Armand Hammer Boulevard in Lower Pottsgrove (above), was considered light

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – The big traffic ban on the region’s interstate highways, related to the weekend (Sept. 25-27, 2015) visit of Pope Francis, has ended.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 6 office in King of Prussia announced Sunday (Sept. 27) that:

  • The previously closed Schuylkill Expressway (Interstate 76) west between Interstate 95 and U.S. 1 north in Philadelphia re-opened Sunday at 8:08 p.m.;
  • The expressway east between Interstate 476 in Conshohocken and Interstate 95 in Philadelphia re-opened at 11:05 p.m.;
  • Interstate 676 west between Interstate 76 and Interstate 95 in Philadelphia re-opened Monday (Sept. 28) at 1:30 a.m.; and
  • Interstate 676 east between Interstate 76 and Interstate 95 in Philadelphia at 3:30 a.m.

Papal road closures on all three major arteries took effect Friday (Sept. 25) for security purposes during the Center City activities.

Traffic jams on U.S. Route 422, which law enforcement officials earlier said they anticipated due to a large number of visitors who relied on lodging in western Montgomery County, apparently did not occur. The length of 422 was open for public travel throughout the weekend, and traffic was said to be light.

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