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2019 Boston Marathon traffic advisory

April 8, 2019

Transportation

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Street closures and parking restrictions will be in effect in Boston.

The Boston Marathon and the Patriot’s Day Parade will be held on Monday, April 15, 2019. The BAA 5K and the Invitational Mile will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Street closures and parking restrictions will be in effect in the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Brighton, Fenway-Kenmore, North End and Government Center. People coming into the City for the events are urged not to drive their personal vehicles. Information on Bluebike rentals may be found online, and information on the MBTA may be found on the T's website. For a faster return trip, the MBTA advises riders to purchase a round-trip rather than a one-way ticket. Walking is also a great way to move around Boston.

Changes to the following traffic and parking plan may be made by the City of Boston’s Police and Transportation Departments for the purpose of advancing public safety and traffic management. It is important to read all posted signs and variable message boards carefully.

Patriots Day weekend traffic restrictions

Starting Wednesday, April 10, through Tuesday, April 16, Dartmouth Street is closed to traffic between Saint James Avenue and Boylston Street.

We expect Dartmouth Street to reopen at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

The following streets will be closed to traffic on Monday, April 15:

  • 3:30 a.m.: Berkeley Street, between St. James Avenue and Newbury Street, and Boylston Street, from Berkeley Street to Arlington Street
  • 5 a.m.: Charles Street and Boylston Street, next to the Boston Common and Public Garden
  • 6 a.m.: Boylston Street, Hereford Street to Berkeley Street
  • 8 a.m.: Streets east of Massachusetts Avenue and Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 22
  • 8 a.m.: Streets west of Massachusetts Avenue in the Kenmore Square Audubon Circle area
  • 8:30 a.m.: Streets in the Brighton area leading to the route

We expect to reopen Boylston Street at 8 p.m. All other streets are expected to reopen at 7 p.m.

3:30 a.m. – Berkley Street and Boylston Street
  • Berkeley Street, St. James Avenue to Newbury Street
  • Boylston Street, Berkeley Street to Arlington Street
5 a.m. –Boston Common Area
  • Boylston Street, Tremont Street to Arlington Street
  • Charles Street, Park Plaza to Beacon Street
6 a.m. – Back Bay
  • Boylston Street, Hereford Street to Berkeley Street
8 a.m. – Back Bay
  • Clarendon Street, St. James Avenue to Newbury Street
  • Dartmouth Street, St. James Avenue to Newbury Street
  • Exeter Street, Newbury Street to Huntington Avenue
  • Ring Road, Huntington Avenue to Boylston Street
  • Fairfield Street, Newbury Street to Boylston Street
  • Gloucester Street, Newbury Street to Boylston Street
  • Providence Street, Arlington Street to Berkeley Street
  • Trinity Place, St. James Avenue to Massachusetts Turnpike on-ramp
  • Boylston Street, Massachusetts Avenue to Arlington Street
  • Newbury Street, Arlington Street to Charlesgate East
  • St. James Avenue, Arlington Street to Dartmouth Street
8 a.m. - Back Bay
  • Huntington Avenue (outbound), Dartmouth Street to Belvidere Street
  • Stuart Street, Arlington Street to Dartmouth Street
  • Blagden Street, Huntington Avenue to Exeter Street
  • Berkeley Street, Columbus Avenue to Newbury Street
  • Clarendon Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Columbus Avenue
  • Dartmouth Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Columbus Avenue
  • Exeter Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Huntington Avenue
  • Fairfield Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
  • Gloucester Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
  • Hereford Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
  • Dalton Street, Belvidere Street to Boylston Street
  • Belvidere Street, Huntington Avenue to Dalton Street
8 a.m. – Kenmore Square
  • Beacon Street, Park Drive to Commonwealth Avenue
  • Brookline Avenue, Lansdowne Street to Commonwealth Avenue
  • Newbury Street Extension, Brookline Avenue to Charlesgate West
  • Commonwealth Avenue (inbound), from BU Bridge to Gloucester Street
  • Commonwealth Avenue (outbound), Hereford Street to Deerfield Street
  • Kenmore Street, Newbury Street Extension to Commonwealth Avenue (outbound)
  • Raleigh Street, Beacon Street Extension to Commonwealth Avenue (outbound)
8:30 a.m. – Brighton
  • Commonwealth Avenue, Beacon Street to Gloucester Street, and from the Newton
  • City Line (Lake Street) to Chestnut Hill Avenue
  • Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill Avenue to the Brookline town line (Cleveland Circle)
  • Chestnut Hill Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue to Brookline town line at Ayr Road
PATRIOTS DAY PARADE, MONDAY, APRIL 15

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at City Hall Plaza. Participants will march:

  • from Court Street to Cambridge Street to Tremont Street
  • left to Bromfield Street
  • left to Washington Street
  • right to State Street
  • left to Congress Street
  • right to Hanover Street, and
  • end at the Paul Revere Mall.

Streets along the route will be closed to traffic briefly as the parade proceeds. Hanover Street at the Paul Revere Mall will close at 7 a.m.

Saturday street closures

On Saturday, April 13, we will close streets along the routes of the B.A.A. 5K and the Invitational Mile to traffic. We expect to reopen all streets by 3 p.m.

B.A.A. 5K

At 6 a.m., we will prohibit traffic on Charles Street, between Boylston Street and Beacon Street.  The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. on Charles Street, near the Center Gate of the Public Garden. We expect the race to last about one hour, with roads opening up as the tail vehicle of the race passes. An estimated 10,000 runners will turn:

  • right onto Boylston Street
  • right onto Arlington Street
  • left onto Commonwealth Avenue outbound via the underpass at Massachusetts Avenue
  • left onto Charlesgate West
  • left onto Commonwealth Avenue inbound via the underpass at Massachusetts Avenue
  • right onto Hereford Street
  • left onto Boylston Street, and
  • left onto Charles Street.
Invitational Mile

The Invitational Mile will start after the 5K. Formation will be on Boylston Street prior to Dartmouth Street, and the route will be:

  • Boylston Street, left to Dartmouth Street
  • left to Newbury Street, and
  • left to Exeter Street. 
Streets closed during the Mile:
  • Boylston Street, from Hereford Street to Clarendon Street
  • Newbury Street, from Clarendon Street to Fairfield Street
  • Exeter Street, from Newbury Street to Boylston Street

Parking restrictions

During Patriots Day Weekend, you won’t be able to park on several streets in the Back Bay on Saturday, April 13, and Monday, April 15. We also restrict some streets several days in advance of the weekend. Parking restrictions are as follows:

No Stopping April 3 to April 18
  • Blagden Street (opposite side of Library), Huntington Avenue to Exeter Street
  • Boylston Street (both sides), Exeter Street to Dartmouth Street
  • Boylston Street, heading east by Copley Square Mall, from Dartmouth Street to Clarendon Street
  • Exeter Street (east side), Boylston Street to Blagden Street
No Stopping April 8 to 18
  • Blagden Street (north side), Dartmouth Street to BPL Driveway
No Stopping April 10 to 16
  • Exeter Street (west side), Alley 441 to Boylston Street
No Stopping Friday to Monday
  • Boylston Street (both sides), Fairfield Street to Exeter Street, unless otherwise posted
No Stopping Friday, Saturday, and Monday
  • Beacon Street (Boston Common side), Charles Street to Joy Street
  • Boylston Street (both sides), Dalton Street to Arlington Street, unless otherwise posted
  • Dartmouth Street (both sides), Boylston Street to Newbury Street
  • Exeter Street (both sides), Newbury Street to Huntington Avenue
  • Trinity Place (both sides), St. James Avenue to Stuart Street
No Stopping Saturday to Monday
  • Cambridge Street (both sides), Court Street to Sudbury
  • Saint James Avenue (both sides), Berkeley Street to Arlington Street
  • Boylston Street (south side, even side), Arlington Street to Hadassah Way
No Stopping Saturday and Monday
  • Boylston Street (both sides), Arlington Street to Charles Street, unless otherwise posted
  • Charles Street (both sides), Boylston Street to Beacon Street
  • Saint James Avenue (both sides), Berkeley Street to Dartmouth Street
  • Stuart Street (both sides), Huntington Avenue to Arlington Street
No Stopping Sunday and Monday
  • Clarendon Street (both sides), Newbury Street to Public Alley 436
  • Berkeley Street (both sides), Boylston Street to Newbury Street
  • Newbury Street (both sides, Berkeley Street west to # 69 Newbury Street
No Stopping Saturday 12:01 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Newbury Street (both sides), Dartmouth Street to Exeter Street
No Stopping Monday
  • Arlington Street (both sides), Beacon Street to Stuart Street
  • Arlington Street (odd side), Columbus Avenue to Isabella Street
  • Beacon Street, Brighton (both sides), Chestnut Hill Avenue to Brookline Line
  • Berkeley Street (both sides), Columbus Avenue to Commonwealth Avenue unless otherwise posted
  • Charles Street (both sides), Boylston Street to Beacon Street
  • Charles Street South (both sides), Park Plaza to Boylston Street
  • Chestnut Hill Avenue (both sides), Commonwealth Avenue to Beacon Street
  • Clarendon Street (both sides), Commonwealth Avenue to Columbus Avenue unless otherwise posted
  • Cleveland Circle (both sides, parking area  next to Cassidy Playground and parking area next to Sutherland Road), from Beacon Street to Chestnut Hill Avenue
  • Columbus Avenue (both sides), Arlington Street to Dartmouth Street
  • Commonwealth Avenue (south, inbound side), Beacon Street at Kenmore Square to 80 feet east of Hereford Street
  • Commonwealth Avenue, Lake Street to Chestnut Hill Avenue (inbound)
  • Dartmouth Street (both sides), Newbury Street to Commonwealth Avenue, Saint James Avenue to Columbus Avenue
  • Deerfield Street (both sides), Commonwealth Avenue to Bay State Road
No stopping Monday
  • East Dedham Street (both sides), Harrison Avenue to Albany Street
  • Exeter Street (both sides), Commonwealth Avenue to Newbury Street
  • Fairfield Street (both sides), Boylston Street to Commonwealth Avenue
  • Gloucester Street (both sides), Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
  • Hanover Street (both sides), Congress Street to Commercial Street
  • Hereford Street (both sides), Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
  • Kenmore Street (both sides), Newbury Street to Beacon Street
  • Nassau Street (both sides), from Washington Street to Harrison Avenue
  • Newbury Street (both sides), Arlington Street to Brookline Avenue
  • Plympton Street (both sides), Harrison Avenue to Albany Street
  • Raleigh Street (both sides), Bay State Road to Beacon Street
  • Stanhope Street (both sides), Berkeley Street to Clarendon Street
  • Scotia Street (both sides), Dalton Street to St. Cecilia Street
  • St. Cecilia Street (both sides), Belvidere Street to Boylston Street
  • Washington Street (both sides), from Oak Street to Nassau Street, and (even side), Nassau Street to Kneeland Street
No Stopping Monday, Buses Only 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Beacon Street (Public Garden side), Charles Street to Arlington Street
  • Beacon Street (both sides), Bay State Road to Brookline Town Line
  • Belvidere Street (both sides), Huntington Avenue to Massachusetts Avenue
  • Blagden Street (both sides), Huntington Avenue to Exeter Street
  • Bromfield Street (both sides), Tremont Street to Washington Street
  • Cambridge Street (both sides), Somerset Street to Bromfield Street
  • Congress Street (Faneuil Hall side), State Street to Hanover Street
No Stopping Monday, Buses Only 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Commonwealth Avenue, (outbound) Charlesgate West to Deerfield Street
  • Dalton Street (both sides), Boylston Street to Clearway Street
  • Huntington Avenue (odd side), Blagden Street to Massachusetts Avenue
  • New Chardon Street (both sides), Merrimac Street to Cambridge Street
  • Providence Street (both sides), Arlington Street to Berkeley Street
  • State Street (both sides), Congress Street to Washington Street
  • Tremont Street (both sides), Cambridge Street to Stuart Street
  • Washington Street (both sides), Bromfield Street to State Street