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Street closures, parking bans announced for First Night festivities

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  December 28, 2012 05:15 PM

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As Boston prepares to ring in the New Year with its annual First Night festivities, city officials are closing streets to parking and traffic to make way for the celebration.

Parking will be prohibited on numerous streets on Monday, and in some locations as early as Saturday. Some streets will also be closed to traffic during certain times on Monday.

City officials are encouraging revelers to use the MBTA to travel to and around the city, and if they do drive to be careful of where they park or park in an off-street lot or garage to avoid being towed.

“The folks at the Transportation Department do not want to be the Grinch that stole your car,” Boston Transportation Commissioner Thomas J. Tinlin said at a Friday press conference about First Night safety where he and others encouraged visitors to leave their cars at home.

To help with the influx of people and limited of parking, the MBTA will be free after 8 p.m. and will operate until about 2 a.m.

The following is the list of street closures and parking bans provided by the city:

Traffic detours will be in place due to the following street closures:

Boylston Street, from Dalton Street to Charles Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4 PM to 8 PM.

Charles Street, from Boylston Street to Beacon Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic from 5 PM to 8 PM.

“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event, Saturday Through Tuesday” signs will be posted at the following locations:

Boylston Street--South side (Copley Square side), from opposite #585 to opposite #575.

Blagden Street--North side (Library side), near Dartmouth Street.

“Tow Zone No Stopping Monday” signs will be posted at the following locations:

Arlington Street--Both sides, from Beacon Street to Boylston Street

Atlantic Avenue--East side, from East India Row to Commercial Street; West side, from Commercial Wharf to Cross Street

Beacon Street--South side (Public Garden side), from Charles Street to Arlington Street; Both sides, from Charles Street to Walnut Street

Berkeley Street--Both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street

Boylston Street--Both sides, from Dalton Street to Arlington Street (excluding the area on Boylston Street requested above);North side (Public Garden side), from Arlington Street to Charles Street; Both sides, from Charles Street to Tremont Street

Cambridge Street--Both sides, from Court Street to Sudbury Street

Central Street--Both sides, from Old Atlantic Avenue to the Dead End

Charles Street--West side (Public Garden side) from Boylston Street to Beacon Street

Clarendon Street--Both sides, from Newbury Street to Boylston Street

Court Street--Both sides, from Washington Street to Cambridge Street

Cross Street--Both sides, from Atlantic Avenue to Hanover Street

Dartmouth Street--Both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street

Exeter Street--Both sides, from Newbury Street to Boylston Street

Fairfield Street--Both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street

Gloucester Street--Both sides, from Newbury Street to Boylston Street

Hereford Street--Both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street

Milk Street--Both sides, from J.F.F. Surface Road to Old Atlantic Avenue

Old Atlantic Avenue--Both sides, from Milk Street to State Street

Surface Road--Both sides, from Sudbury Street to State Street

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