Boston Police prepare for Aerosmith concert in Allston and Election Day rally by Mitt Romney
Boston Police are preparing for a busy two-day stretch, dedicating additional officers and resources to Allston tomorrow for a streetside Aerosmith concert and, on Tuesday, to hundreds of polling stations throughout the city for Election Day voting.
Both days will involve road closures, parking bans and traffic diversions. The department is coordinating with the Secret Service and State Police to provide security for presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s election night rally at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Police Superintendent in Chief Daniel P. Linskey said today.
“There will be a few challenges, but nothing we can’t handle,” he said.
Aerosmith plans to perform outside 1325 Commonwealth Ave., the apartment building where the band got its start. A plaque will be unveiled at noon, then the band will play until 1 p.m., Linskey said.
New England Patriots President Jonathan Kraft will introduce the group, joined by “a couple of Patriots captains,” and a group of team cheerleaders, publicists for Aerosmith said in a statement .
Commonwealth Avenue will be closed between Harvard Avenue and Allston Street from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., city officials said. Parking will be banned between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Officers plan to keep concertgoers away until 8 a.m., including anyone who might try to camp out before the show.
Parking bans and road closures are also planned for side streets connected to the closed section of Commonwealth Avenue.
Trolley service on the Green Line B branch will be suspended between Washington Street and Packard’s Corner from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to the MBTA.
Linskey said residents who live of the closed-off area should carry a document to proves their residence to pass through checkpoints that may be set up for concertgoers.
“We don’t anticipate any major problems with people who are there for a happy occasion,” Linskey said. “What we would ask residents, we would ask patrons who are coming, concertgoers, is to be patient, to work with us.”
On Tuesday, the department will help distribute and collect about 1.5 million ballots from polling locations in Boston.
Normally only one ballot is needed for each registered voter, but because of a long list of candidates and ballot questions, two ballots will be needed for each registered voter.
“We’re working to ensure that we’re able to get out those additional ballots and to get them back into City Hall in a timely fashion and to make sure that we maintain the security and integrity of the process the entire way,” Linsky said.
By law, one officer is required to be at each polling location, he said. Other officers and supervisors will be in other areas of the city to help manage large crowds of voters, heavy traffic, or any other disruptions.
Romney plans to hold an election night rally at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Outside the center, Summer Street will be closed starting at 6 p.m.
City officials plan to release more details about that road closure and related traffic diversions tomorrow, he said.
“I think all of us are looking to see history one way or another,” Linskey said. “Our job is to make sure that we’re able to have people enjoy that piece of history.”Matt Rocheleau can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.