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Traffic advisory for Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8, 2019

September 5, 2019

Transportation

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Events going on in the City include Bulfinch Triangle Construction, the Chinatown Main Street Lantern Festival, the Road to Wellness Race and Walk, the Bostown Music Festival, and Boston College Football.

Special events and construction activity taking place on Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8, will impact traffic and parking in Boston and require the implementation of temporary restrictions.  People coming into Boston are encouraged not to drive their personal vehicles.  Information on Bluebikes, the regional bike share service, may be found on the Bluebikes website. Public transit information can be found on the MBTA'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.

Construction Activity, Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8, 2019

To allow for construction activity in the Bulfinch Triangle the following streets and sidewalks will be closed from 12:00 AM on Saturday, September 7, through 12:00 AM on Monday, September 8.

  • Merrimac Street, southbound, between New Chardon Street and Sudbury Street
  • New Chardon Street, eastbound, between Cambridge Street and Merrimac Street

Signage will be in place to direct pedestrians to safe routes.  Vehicle operators will be directed to detour routes indicated on the map below:

  • Vehicles traveling southbound on Lomasney Way and westbound on Causeway Street will be directed to Staniford Street southbound at the intersection of Lomasney Way/Causeway Street/Staniford Street/Merrimac Street; turn left at the intersection of Staniford Street at Cambridge Street southbound; turn left at Cambridge Street at Sudbury Street eastbound; and right at Sudbury Street and Congress Street southbound.
  • Vehicles traveling on Merrimac Street southbound between Staniford Street and New Chardon Street will be directed to turn right onto New Chardon Street westbound to follow the detour.
  • Vehicles traveling northeast bound on New Chardon Street will be directed to Cambridge Street southbound to follow the detour.
  • Vehicles exiting Bowker Street and Bulfinch Place northbound onto New Chardon Street will be directed to turn left onto New Chardon Street westbound toward Cambridge Street to follow the detour.
  • Vehicles approaching the intersection from the west from North Washington Street southbound and I-93 northbound off-ramp will be detoured at New Chardon Street along Surface Road southbound to North Street westbound to Congress Street southbound.
  • Vehicles which continue straight along New Chardon Street toward Merrimac Street and want to turn left onto Merrimac Street southbound will be directed to follow the detour to Cambridge Street, Sudbury Street, and Congress Street. The left turn lane will be closed to restrict traffic from turning left onto Merrimac Street southbound.
  • Northbound traffic along Merrimac Street will not be restricted.
Special Events/Saturday, September 7, 2019

The following streets will be closed to traffic from 7 AM to 6 PM to accommodate the Chinatown Main Street Lantern Festival.

  • Beach Street, Surface Road to Tyler Street
  • Hudson Street, Kneeland Street to Beach Street
  • Oxford Street, Beach Street to Essex Street

A Boston College football game is scheduled for 3:30 PM.  Neighborhood residents who do not already have an Allston/Brighton Resident Parking Permit are encouraged to obtain a special resident parking pass that will allow parking in on-street resident parking spaces in the neighborhood during BC football home games this season.  Passes may be obtained at the Boston Transportation Department vehicle that will be parked at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and St. Thomas More Road.   Passes will be available on Friday, September 6, from 4-8 PM, and on Saturday, September 7, from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  Residents must present a proof of residency from their Brighton address to receive the one day parking pass.

An estimated 1,000 people are expected to participate in The Dimock Center Road to Wellness 5K and 3K which will begin at 9 AM at #41 Dimock Street, Roxbury.  Streets along the following routes are expected to be closed between approximately 8:45 AM and 10:30 AM with the roads reopening as the final participants proceed toward the finish line.

  • The 5K route will proceed from Dimock Street, left onto Washington Street, left onto Marcella Street, right onto Centre Street, right onto Roxbury Street at John Elliot Square, right onto Bartlett Street, right onto Washington Street, left onto Dale Street, right onto Walnut Street, to Humboldt Avenue, right onto Martin Luther King Boulevard, left onto Walnut Street, right onto Cobden Street, right onto Washington Street, left onto Dimock Street to #41.
  • The 3K route will proceed from Dimock Street, left onto Washington Street, left onto Dale Street, right onto Walnut Street, to Humboldt Avenue, right onto Martin Luther King Boulevard, left onto Walnut Street, right onto Cobden Street, right onto Washington Street, left onto Dimock Street to #41.

To accommodate the Bostown Music Festival, Columbus Avenue, from Massachusetts Avenue to Douglas Park, will be closed to traffic from approximately 6 AM to 7 PM.  In addition, “Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Saturday” parking restrictions will be in effect as follows.

  • Columbus Avenue, both sides, Massachusetts Avenue to Douglas Park
  • Northampton Street, both sides, #277 Northampton Street to Columbus Avenue.