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Traffic restricted, parking banned in parts of Boston during move-in week

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  August 27, 2013 10:39 AM

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Traffic and parking bans will be in place in several Boston neighborhoods this week and next week as tens thousands of people in the city move, including a flood of college students.

The city said in an announcement that the restrictions were planned through a coordinated effort between the city’s Transportation Department, Boston Police Department and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Service “to help students with this transition, as well as to minimize congestion on local streets.”

Vehicles parked in areas where parking is temporarily banned are subject to being towed.

City officials urged people moving to areas not covered by the restrictions outlined below to consider applying for a Street Occupancy Permit, which allows parking spaces on public streets to be reserved. For more information on the permit and the process to obtain one, click here.

In the Allston, Brighton and Boston University areas:

No parking or stopping will be allowed from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. between Friday, Aug. 30 and Monday, Sept. 2 at the following locations:

  • Pratt Street, even side, from Linden Street to Ashford Street
  • Ashford Street, even side, from Linden Street to Malvern Street
  • Gardner Street, even side, from Linden Street to Malvern Street
  • Linden Street, even side, from Gardner Street to Pratt Street
  • Brighton Avenue, even side, from Linden Street to Reedsdale Street.

Temporary turning restrictions will also be in place from Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2 at the following locations:

  • A “No Left Turn” sign and a “Do Not Enter” sign will be posted at Ashford Street at Chester Street requiring vehicles exiting Chester Street to take a right turn toward Malvern Street
  • A “No Left Turn” sign and a “Do Not Enter” sign will be posted at Pratt Street at Wadsworth Street blocking access to Pratt Street heading towards Linden Street, and requiring vehicles travelling on Pratt Street from Ashford Street to take a right onto Wadsworth Street
  • A “No Right Turn” sign will be posted at Ashford Terrace at Ashford Street requiring vehicles on Ashford Terrace to turn left toward Malvern Street
  • A “No Right Turn” sign will be posted at Hartley Terrace at Ashford Street requiring vehicles to continue straight to Malvern Street
  • Three “No Right Turn” signs will be posted at Pratt Street at Ashford Street requiring vehicles exiting Pratt Street to take a left turn on Ashford Street toward Malvern Street

The Boston University Police Department will also implement traffic and parking bans on certain parts of the campus, according to the university's news website BU Today:

  • Bay State Road -- From Wednesday through Sunday, Bay State Road will be closed to through traffic from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents, delivery trucks, and students moving into BU will be allowed access. BUPD Captain Robert Molloy says all other vehicles will be redirected down Beacon Street into Kenmore Square.
  • 700 Commonwealth Ave. (Warren Towers) -- From Wednesday through Sunday, vehicles will not be allowed to unload in front of Warren Towers, to prevent double-parking and blocking of the bike lane. Access will be through the Warren Towers garage. Molloy says large trucks that cannot fit into the garage will be allowed to queue up on Cummington Mall.
  • South Campus -- From Wednesday through Sunday, Buswell Street will be one-way heading west, from Park Drive to St. Mary’s Street, and heading east, from Park Drive to Mountfort Street, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Molloy says the arrangement is useful in preventing traffic jams. “There are a lot of people who double-park,” he says. “You get one double-parked person on either side and you shut it down.”
  • BU Bridge -- On Sunday, the BU Bridge will be closed for approximately 30 minutes, from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m., to accommodate the nearly 4,000 freshmen who will join Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore (SED’87) in the annual procession along Comm Ave, from East Campus to Agganis Arena, for Matriculation.
  • Harry Agganis Way/Buick Street -- From Wednesday through Sunday, Student Village residents moving into 10 Buick St. or 33 Harry Agganis Way will be directed to park in the Agganis Arena garage. On Sunday, Harry Agganis Way will be closed from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to accommodate Matriculation traffic. Buick Street may also be closed from 1:30 to 2 p.m. for the same reason.
  • Babcock Street -- From Wednesday through Sunday, West Campus students moving into Claflin, Sleeper, and Rich Halls will be directed to park in the New Balance Field garage. Students moving into 1019 Commonwealth Ave. can park in the garage or in metered spaces.
  • Kenmore Square -- Starting Tuesday, the Red Sox play at Fenway Park for nine straight days, which will make traffic through Kenmore Square especially heavy. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, through Saturday, August 31, for 1:35 p.m. on Sunday, September 1, and Labor Day Monday, September 2, and for 7:10 p.m. on the following Tuesday and Wednesday, September 3 and 4.

In the Fenway and Northeastern University areas:

No parking or stopping will be allowed Thursday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 2 at the following locations:

  • Hemenway Street, both sides, from the Forsyth Institute Parking Lot (near Fencourt Road) to Westland Avenue
  • Forsyth Street, both sides, from Ruggles MBTA Station to Hemenway Street
  • Opera Place, both sides, from Huntington Avenue to Saint Stephen Street
  • Saint Stephen Street, both sides, from Opera Place to Massachusetts Avenue

No parking or stopping will be allowed from Friday, Aug. 30 through Saturday, Aug. 31 no parking or stopping will be allowed at the following locations.

  • Columbus Avenue, both sides, from Benton to Camden Street
  • Coventry Street, both sides, from Tremont Street to Columbus Avenue

No parking or stopping will be allowed on Sunday, Sept. 1 no parking or stopping will be allowed at the following locations.

  • Gainsborough Street, both sides, from Huntington Avenue to Hemenway Street
  • Symphony Road, both sides, from Saint Stephens Street to Hemenway Street
  • Westland Avenue, both sides, from Hemenway Street to Massachusetts Avenue

No parking or stopping will be allowed from Sunday, Sept. 1 through Thursday Sept. 5 at the following location:

  • Huntington Avenue, odd side, from #309-319 Huntington Avenue

In the Mission Hill area:

No parking or stopping will be allowed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1 at the following locations.

  • Calumet Street, both sides, from Darling Street to Hillside Street
  • Cherokee Street, both sides, from Pontiac Street to Hillside Street
  • Hillside Street, both sides, from Parker Hill Avenue to Parker Street
  • Oswald Street, both sides, from Calumet Street to Hillside Street
  • Pontiac Street, both sides, from Tremont Street to Hillside Street
  • Sachem Street, both sides, from Parker Hill Avenue to Calumet Street
  • Saint Alphonsus Street, both sides, from Alleghany Street to Calumet Street
  • No parking or stopping will be allowed from on Sunday, Sept. 1 at the following location.
  • Parker Hill Avenue, odd side, fromHuntington Avenue to Hillside Street

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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