Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike launched a detailed travelers’ website to assist people headed for the historic visit by Pope Francis to Philadelphia Sept. 26 and 27.
The site at www.papal511.com is linked both to PennDOT’s 511PA site and the Turnpike’s travelers’ information site.
“With enthusiastic crowds expected to converge on Philadelphia, this site will offer up-to-the-minute information to assist visitors and make their experience as enjoyable as possible,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This site reflects the hard work my administration has put in supporting and preparing for the Pope’s visit. We hope this site will be a useful tool for both residents and visitors to be informed and prepared to travel during this important visit.”
The site’s home page offers options to see information about real-time traffic conditions on highways in the Philadelphia region and details on how to reach the papal venues or take diversion routes for those who are merely traveling through or around the region. The site is accessible from both desktop and mobile interfaces.
Inside pages have health tips for visitors and information on which highways and streets are closed, the latest information releases pertaining to the visit and color coded maps showing how traffic is flowing.
“I urge visitors and through travelers to avail themselves of this resource to keep abreast of changing conditions during the visit,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “Knowing what is going on will help visitors and travelers make good decisions so their experience during this special time will be top-notch.”
Turnpike Chief Executive Officer Mark Compton said that the site will be helpful for anyone traveling in southeastern counties and surrounding areas, including those not bound for Papal events.
“This website will be an indispensable tool for those who may just be passing through during the pope’s visit,” Compton said. “In addition to the latest traffic conditions, it details the alternate routes for anyone who may need to travel to other destinations during this historic visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia.”
For more information, visit www.papal511.com.
Carl Defebo,Turnpike Commission,
Rich Kirkpatrick, PennDOT