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Wellesley Square road closures, parking bans on Thanksgiving for running race, high school football

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  November 25, 2013 04:53 PM

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A running race will begin on Linden Street near the Roche Bros. grocery store at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving, police said. Temporary parking bans will also be in effect about a half-mile up the road near Wellesley High School as the Wellesley-Needham football game kicks off at 10 a.m.

Wellesley police are warning locals of Thanksgiving road closures and parking restrictions in the center of town on Thursday due to a “turkey trot” running race and the high school’s football game.

The road race, which begins at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving, starts on Linden Street near the Roche Bros. entrance and continues to Central Street through Wellesley Square and onto Washington Street near Grove Street. Part of the race will also continue to Wellesley College’s campus and Route 135.

Linden Street traffic during the race will be redirected around the start and finish lines, police said, and Wellesley officers will be along the race route to temporarily stop traffic so runners can safely pass.

The course should be cleared shortly after 9 a.m., police said.

Additionally, the Wellesley-Needham football game will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, and with it will come some temporary parking restrictions near the school and its football field, police said. Parking will not be allowed on Atwood, State, Smith, Clifford, Twitchell, Rice, or Paine streets, and temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted, police said.

“It should be pretty clear to motorists where they can and cannot park,” said Wellesley Police Lt. Marie Cleary.

Anyone attending the game can park in the high school’s parking lot, in the selectmen’s lot on State Street, and on Washington Street near the tennis Courts, police said.

Authorities are reminding anyone who chooses to park on the street to not block any driveways.

Anyone with additional questions about parking can email Sergeant Jeff Renzella at JRenzella@wellesleyma.gov.

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