We all know how challenging it can be to drive in Boston, with its rotaries, congestion, and (charmingly) hostile drivers.
Multiply that challenge by, oh, 27,000 runners and half a million spectators on Marathon Monday and the preceding weekend. The city recommends not driving personal vehicles into the city for Saturday’s BAA 5K, invitational mile, and kids relay races, as well as Monday’s marathon and Patriot’s Day parade.
If you do plan on driving around, take note of these traffic restrictions for Monday, April 17.
On Monday, the following streets in the Boston Common area will close at 5 a.m.
–Boylston Street, Tremont Street to Arlington Street
–Charles Street, Park Plaza to Beacon Street
Boylston Street from Hereford Street to Arlington Street in the Back Bay will close at 6 a.m. Cross streets will remain open until 8 a.m.
The following streets in the Back Bay area will close at 8 a.m.
–Berkeley Street, St. James Avenue to Newbury Street
–Clarendon Street, St. James Avenue to Newbury Street
–Dartmouth Street, St. James Avenue to Newbury Street
–Exeter Street, Newbury Street to Huntington Avenue
–Ring Road, Huntington Avenue to Boylston Street
–Fairfield Street, Newbury Street to Boylston Street
–Gloucester Street, Newbury Street to Boylston Street
–Providence Street, Arlington Street to Berkeley Street
–Trinity Place, St. James Avenue to Massachusetts Turnpike on-ramp
–Boylston Street, Massachusetts Avenue to Arlington Street
–Newbury Street, Arlington Street to Charlesgate East
–St. James Avenue, Arlington Street to Dartmouth Street
–Huntington Avenue (outbound), Dartmouth Street to Belvidere Street
–Stuart Street, Arlington Street to Dartmouth Street
–Blagden Street, Huntington Avenue to Exeter Street
–Berkeley Street, Columbus Avenue to Newbury Street
–Clarendon Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Columbus Avenue
–Dartmouth Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Columbus Avenue
–Exeter Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Huntington Avenue
–Fairfield Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
–Gloucester Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
–Hereford Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
–Dalton Street, Belvidere Street to Boylston Street
–Belvidere Street, Huntington Avenue to Dalton Street
The following streets in the Kenmore Square area will also close at 8 a.m.
–Beacon Street, Park Drive to Commonwealth Avenue
–Brookline Avenue, Lansdowne Street to Commonwealth Avenue
–Newbury Street Extension, Brookline Avenue to Charlesgate West
–Commonwealth Avenue (inbound), from BU Bridge to Gloucester Street
–Commonwealth Avenue (outbound), Hereford Street to Deerfield Street
–Kenmore Street, Newbury Street Extension to Commonwealth Avenue (outbound)
–Raleigh Street, Beacon Street Extension to Commonwealth Avenue (outbound)
The following streets in the Brighton area will close at 8:30 a.m.
–Commonwealth Avenue, Beacon Street to Gloucester Street, and from the Newton City Line (Lake Street) to Chestnut Hill Avenue
–Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill Avenue to the Brookline town line (Cleveland Circle)
–Chestnut Hill Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue to Brookline town line (Ayr Road)
Expect road closures in the following towns along the Boston Marathon route during these times, according to the BAA. All times are approximate.
–Hopkinton from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
–Ashland from 7:15 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.
–Framingham from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
–Natick from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
–Wellesley from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
–Newton from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
–Brookline from 9:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.