PHILADELPHIA - The City of Philadelphia has notified the University of Pennsylvania that the South Street Bridge will close for reconstruction at 9:30 AM on Monday, Dec. 8, 2008. The bridge will be closed for approximately two years to all traffic including pedestrians, bicycles and cars.
(For those unfamiliar with the area, South Street Bridge connects University City to Center City, and the bridge is directly southeast of Franklin Field. South Street runs parallel and directly up against the south side of Franklin Field; it turns into Spruce Street at 33rd Street)
The closure of this important access point to University City will result in many changes to traffic patterns, signs and signals, and volume in the vicinity of campus. Obviously, this creates a huge change for people trying to gain access to athletic events at The Palestra and Franklin Field and the tennis courts (Levy-indoors; Lott-outdoors). That includes all men’s and women’s basketball games, wrestling meets (including the EIWA Championships in March), men’s and women’s lacrosse games, men’s and women’s tennis matches, and track meets (including the Penn Relays in April and the Heptagonal Championships in May).
For completely updated information about the South Street Bridge reconstruction, we invite you to click here to visit a website the University has put together.
OUR DRIVING RECOMMENDATIONS
From Center City...
Come westbound on Walnut Avenue; once you are over the bridge you are in the University City section of Philadelphia. You will see Franklin Field and The Palestra on your left as you come over the Walnut Street Bridge. The first street you hit after the bridge is 33rd (northbound, away from Penn’s athletic facilities).
Coming eastbound on 76...
Option 1 – Exit at 30th Street Station (Exit 345), taking a right at the top of the ramp. After going around 30th Street Station, take a right onto Market Street, and follow that to 34th Street. Take a left on 34th, and at that point you will be within walking distance of Penn’s athletic facilities (Palestra, Franklin Field, tennis)
Option 2 - Exit at Spring Garden Street (Exit 343), taking a right at the top of the ramp. Follow Spring Garden to 34th Street, and take a left. When you hit Market Street you will be entering University City and be within walking distance of Penn’s athletic facilities (Palestra, Franklin Field, tennis).
Coming westbound on 76...
Exit at University Avenue (exit 346B). Follow that through three sets of lights, to a left bend in the road. You will go under a railroad tressel; at the next light you can go left (Civic Center Blvd) or straight (University Avenue forks a few blocks later, you want to stay right which becomes 38th Street). Civic Center Boulevard will take you past the hospitals and eventually turns into 33rd Street right at Franklin Field. If you choose 38th Street, once you hit Spruce you are within walking distance of Penn’s athletic facilities (Palestra, Franklin Field, tennis).
Metered street parking can be found on 33rd Street (northbound), 34th Street (southbound), Walnut Avenue (westbound) and Chestnut Street (eastbound). There are other streets with relatively limited spots, as well, but as with any city street parking is a hit-or-miss proposition.
PLEASE NOTE, if you choose to park on the metered streets you will want to be aware of the hours that the City’s meters are in effect. Most streets are well marked with signage regarding metered hours.
We suggest the following pay lots and garages, all of which are safe and located within walking distance of Franklin Field, The Palestra, and the tennis facilities (lots listed in order by distance from the facilities)...
Click here for maps and information on Penn’s parking lots
Garage/Lot 7: Located at 3220 South Street, on the corner of South and Convention Avenue (across the street from Franklin Field, also known as University Museum Garage)
Garage/Lot 37: Located at 3335 Chestnut Street, corner of Chestnut and 34th
Garage/Lot 26: Located at 3201 Walnut Street, corner of Walnut and 32nd
Garage/Lot 14: Located at 3801 Spruce Street, corner of Spruce and 38th
Garage 30/Module 6: Located at 119 South 38th Street, next to the Pottruck Center on Chestnut Street
Garage 40: Located at 4009 Walnut Street, corner of 40th and Chestnut
University City Station will remain open and accessible during the South Street Bridge reconstruction project. The station entrance on South Street will be closed; passengers must use the station entrance on Convention Avenue. For more information, visit http://www.septa.org/