Broad Street (Philadelphia)

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Broad Street
PA Route 611 (from I-95 north to Old York Rd.)
Northernmost street sign for Broad Street, at its intersection with Cheltenham Avenue.
Length 12.5 mi (20.1 km)
Location Philadelphia
South end Admiral Peary Way in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, South Philadelphia
I-95 (Delaware Expressway) in South Philadelphia
I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway) in South Philadelphia
Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia
South Street in Center City
PA 3 (Market Street) in Center City
I-676 / US 30 (Vine Street Expressway) in Center City
Girard Avenue in North Philadelphia
Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia
US 13 (Roosevelt Boulevard) in North Philadelphia
US 1 (Roosevelt Expressway) in North Philadelphia
PA 611 (Old York Road) in West Oak Lane
North end PA 309 (Cheltenham Avenue) in West Oak Lane
North Broad Street, looking towards City Hall (c. 1895)
Armistice Day 1918 on Broad Street
North Broad Street, looking towards City Hall
Broad Street at night along the "Avenue of the Arts" section, looking north towards City Hall, 2005.
The Northern terminus of Broad Street on the border of Philadelphia and Cheltenham Township

Broad Street is a major arterial street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It runs for approximately 13 miles beginning at the intersection of Cheltenham Avenue on the border of Cheltenham Township and the West/East Oak Lane neighborhoods of North Philadelphia to the Philadelphia Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. It is Pennsylvania Route 611 along its entire length with the exception of its northernmost part between historic Old York Road and Pennsylvania Route 309 (Cheltenham Avenue) and the southernmost part south of Interstate 95.

It is a north–south street which lies between 13th Street and 15th Street (there is no "14th Street" in Philadelphia, because Broad Street takes its place). It is interrupted by Philadelphia City Hall, which stands where Broad and Market Street would intersect in the center of the city. The streets of Penn Square, Juniper Street, John F. Kennedy Boulevard, and 15th Street form a circle around City Hall at this point. It is one of the earliest planned streets in the United States, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a continuous north-south street, planned by surveyor Thomas Holme and developed for Philadelphia in 1681[1]

Public transportation includes SEPTA's Broad Street Line subway, which served an average of about 137,000 riders per weekday in 2010, runs beneath Broad for most of its length. The subway starts in the Fern Rock neighborhood and extends through Center City to Pattison Avenue in South Philadelphia.

Cultural landmarks[edit]

Broad Street is home to several Philadelphia cultural landmarks. Between Spruce and Market Streets, it is called the Avenue of the Arts, where it is home to art galleries, the Academy of Music, and the Kimmel Center. North of City Hall is the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

The South Philadelphia Sports Complex, near Broad's south end along Southern Boulevard Parkway, is the site of Citizens Bank Park, Lincoln Financial Field, and the Wells Fargo Center. Demolished sports facilities located in this area were John F. Kennedy Stadium, the Spectrum, and Veterans Stadium. As a result, the Philadelphia Flyers are nicknamed the "Broad Street Bullies". Broad Street often serves as the main parade route for Philadelphia sports championship parades; in the most recent, for the Phillies 2008 World Series victory, an estimated 2 million people lined Broad Street.[2] The largest gathering for a championship parade was for the Flyers in 1974.[2][3][4]

South of the sports complex and interchanges with the Schuylkill Expressway (Interstate 76) and Interstate 95, Broad Street has its southern terminus in the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

The former offices for The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News newspapers are on Broad Street just north of City Hall and the former PA State Building is at the intersection with Spring Garden Street. Most recently, the Public School District Administration relocated between these two landmarks. Also located on North Broad at its intersection with Fairmount Avenue is the historic Divine Lorraine Hotel. Farther north, Broad passes through the campus of Temple University.

One of the busiest streets in the country, Broad Street is shut down for the annual 10-mile (16 km) Broad Street Run. Additionally, the section of Broad Street from near Oregon Avenue (Marconi Plaza) to City Hall, in South Philadelphia and Center City, is the traditional location of the Mummers Parade on January 1.

Where Broad Street intersects with Clearfield Street in North Philadelphia is the exact location of the 40th Parallel.

Other names[edit]

  • "Avenue of the Arts" (from Glenwood Avenue to Washington Avenue). This section of Broad Street includes many prominent theater and concert halls, including the Academy of Music, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Merriam Theater, Wilma Theater, University of the Arts Gershman Hall, and Suzanne Roberts Theater. The street has "AA" lights all along the way, which is the abbreviation for Avenue of the Arts.
  • Avenue of the States: from Washington Avenue to Oregon Avenue. Along this section of Broad Street fly the flags of all 50 states in the US.
  • Georgie Woods Boulevard: from Diamond Street to York Street.[5]
  • Formerly was part of PA 291, from Moyamensing Avenue to City Hall.

Major intersections[edit]

Mile Destinations Notes
0.00 Admiral Peary Way Southern terminus
0.77 I-95.svgI-76.svg I-95 north to I-76 east – Central Philadelphia, Philadelphia Int'l Airport I-95 exit 17; southern terminus of PA 611
1.71 I-76.svg I-76Walt Whitman Bridge, Valley Forge I-76 exit 349
4.51 PA-3.svg PA 3 west (Market Street) Philadelphia City Hall; eastern terminus of PA 3
5.01 I-676.svg I-676 (Vine Street Expressway) east to US 30/I-95
9.23 US 13 (1961).svgUS 1 (1961).svg US 13 to US 1 north (Roosevelt Boulevard)
9.38 US 1 (1961).svg To US 1 south
11.78 PA-611.svg PA 611 north (Old York Road) North end of PA 611 overlap
12.41 PA-309.svg PA 309 (Cheltenham Avenue) Northern terminus

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "South Broad Street — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania". Great Places in America: Streets. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Nunnally, Derrick (November 1, 2008). "A party for, oh, 2 million of their closest friends". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. F2. Some in the news media guessed two million, about the same number long tied to Flyers parades in 1974 and 1975, and more than the current population of Philly. 
  3. ^ Lin, Jennifer; Steele, Allison; Dwight Ott (October 31, 2008). "Parade for the Champs; Noon High: Million-plus expected at celebration". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. A1. In the annals of Philadelphia sports parades, the biggest crowd turned out for the 1974 celebration of the Flyers' Stanley Cup. More than two million fans flocked to Broad Street. 
  4. ^ "Thousands attend Phillies World Series parade". Yahoo! Sports. October 31, 2008. Retrieved November 22, 2010. 
  5. ^

Coordinates: 39°56′45″N 75°09′55″W / 39.9459°N 75.1652°W / 39.9459; -75.1652