About 40 percent of those filtering into Philadelphia for Pope Francis’ visit will be coming through the city’s western suburbs, according to a survey by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
With major roadways west of the city closed for the event, many are scratching their heads about how to get around — and get to work — in the suburbs during the weekend of Sept. 26-27.
Route 1 will be closed from Route 30 to Belmont Avenue. The Schuylkill Expressway, a heavily trafficked portion of I-76, will be closed eastbound from the Blue Route (I-476) in Montgomery County to I-95 in Philadelphia. Westbound, I-76 will be closed from I-95 to Route 1, within Philadelphia.
City Avenue Special Services District, a nonprofit that works with businesses along Route 1, has been knocking on doors to make sure companies are prepared and to find out their plans.