What to Know Heading Into Traffic on Marathon Monday

By Erin Wade
BU News Service

If you’re one of the unlucky few who doesn’t have Monday off from work or school for Patriots’ Day and the Boston Marathon, your commute into the city might be a little rocky — bicycles won’t be allowed on the T, many streets in Greater Boston will be blocked off and several T stations will be closed.

On the Green Line, Copley Station and the Berkley Street entrance to Arlington Station will be closed all day, according to an MBTA news release. In addition, at about 10 a.m., South Street, Kent Street and St. Mary’s Street stations will close. They will reopen at about 6 p.m.

Most of the roadways intersecting Boylston Street, from Boston Common through the Back Bay area, and Commonwealth Avenue, from Gloucester Street to the Boston University Bridge, will be closed to traffic throughout the day. A full list of road closures, town by town, can be found below.

Hopkinton
Streets in Hopkinton will be closed from about 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

The Boston Marathon route heads down E. Main Street in Hopkinton, toward Ashland.

MassDOT said in a news release that Exit 21A on I-495 northbound and southbound, Exit 20 on I-495 northbound and the on-ramp to I-495 from W. Main Street in Hopkinton will be closed at 6 a.m. Monday. Route 85 in Milford will also have lane restrictions throughout the day.

Ashland
Streets in Ashland will be closed from about 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to Ashland Police. Route 135, or Union Street, will be closed in both directions for the Boston Marathon, but cars will be able to cross the road until about 8:15 a.m., police said.

The Boston Marathon route heads down Union Street in Ashland, toward Framingham.

Framingham
Streets in Framingham will be closed from about 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

The Boston Marathon route heads down Waverly and W. Central streets in Framingham, toward Natick.

Natick
Streets in Natick will be closed from about 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to Natick Police’s Traffic Division. Police said Route 135, or W. Central Street, will be closed to all traffic during that time period.

The Boston Marathon route heads down W. Central Street in Natick, toward Wellesley.

Wellesley
Streets in Wellesley will be closed from about 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., according to the Wellesley Police Department. Wellesley Police said in a public bulletin that Central Street will be closed from the Natick town line to Grove Street, and Washington Street will be closed from Grove Street to the Newton city line.

There will be barricades in place on Central Street, from Weston Road to Grove Street, and Washington Street, from Grove Street to Wellesley Avenue, on Sunday at 9 p.m., according to police.

The Boston Marathon route heads down Central and Washington streets in Wellesley, toward Newton.

Newton
Streets in Newton will be closed from about 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Washington Street, from Beacon Street to Commonwealth Avenue, and Commonwealth Avenue, from Washington Street to the Boston city line, will close to traffic at 8 a.m., according to a Newton city news release. Washington Street, from the Wellesley town line to Beacon Street, will close to traffic at 8:30 a.m.

MassDOT said in a news release that the ramps from I-95 northbound and southbound to Route 16 in Newton will close Monday at 9 a.m.

The Boston Marathon route heads down Washington Street and Commonwealth Avenue in Newton, toward Brookline.

Brookline
Streets in Brookline will be closed from about 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to a news advisory from the town.

Beacon Street in Brookline will be closed to all traffic at 8:30 a.m., according to the news advisory. Streets intersecting Beacon Street may be closed earlier, as officials set up for the Marathon.

The Boston Marathon route heads down Beacon Street in Brookline, toward Boston.

Boston
Boylston Street, from Berkeley Street to Arlington Street, will close at noon on Sunday. Other streets in Boston will be closed between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m., depending on the roadway, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the city of Boston.

Boylston Street, from Tremont Street to Arlington Street, and Charles Street, from Park Plaza to Beacon Street, will be closed to traffic at 5 a.m., according to a city traffic advisory.
Boylston Street, from Hereford Street to Arlington Street, will close to traffic at 6 a.m., according to a city traffic advisory, but cross streets will remain open to traffic until 8 a.m.

At 8 a.m., much of Back Bay closes to traffic, including:

  • Berkeley, Clarendon and Dartmouth streets, from St. James Avenue to Newbury Street
  • Exeter Street, from Newbury Street to Huntington Avenue
  • Ring Road, from Huntington Avenue to Boylston Street
  • Fairfield and Gloucester streets, from Newbury Street to Boylston Street
  • Providence Street, from Arlington Street to Berkeley Street
  • Trinity Place, from St. James Avenue to the Massachusetts Turnpike on-ramp
  • Boylston Street, from Massachusetts Avenue to Arlington Street
  • Newbury Street, from Arlington Street to Charlesgate East
  • St. James Avenue and Stuart Street, from Arlington Street to Dartmouth Street
  • Huntington Avenue outbound, from Dartmouth Street to Belvidere Street
  • Blagden Street, from Huntington Avenue to Exeter Street
  • Berkeley Street, from Columbus Avenue to Newbury Street
  • Clarendon and Dartmouth streets, from Commonwealth Avenue to Columbus Avenue
  • Exeter Street, from Commonwealth Avenue to Huntington Avenue
  • Fairfield, Gloucester and Hereford streets, from Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
  • Dalton Street, from Belvidere Street to Boylston Street
  • Belvidere Street, from Huntington Avenue to Dalton Street

Exit 22 on I-90 — the Massachusetts Turnpike — will be closed at 9 a.m. Monday, according to a MassDOT news release. Exit 22 goes to Dartmouth Street.

Several streets in the Kenmore Square area will close to traffic at 8 a.m. Monday, according to a city traffic advisory, including: Beacon Street, from Park Drive to Commonwealth Avenue; Brookline Avenue, from Lansdowne Street to Commonwealth Avenue; Newbury Street Extension, from Brookline Avenue to Charlesgate West; Commonwealth Avenue inbound, from BU Bridge to Gloucester Street; Commonwealth Avenue outbound, from Hereford Street to Deerfield Street; Kenmore Street, from Newbury Street Extension to Commonwealth Avenue outbound; and Raleigh Street, from Beacon Street Extension to Commonwealth Avenue outbound.
Streets in Brighton close at 8:30 a.m., according to a city traffic advisory. Roadways that will be closed to traffic include: Commonwealth Avenue, from Beacon Street to Gloucester Street and from the Newton city line at Lake Street to Chestnut Hill Avenue; Beacon Street, from Chestnut Hill Avenue to the Brookline town line at Cleveland Circle; and Chestnut Hill Avenue, from Commonwealth Avenue to the Brookline town line at Ayr Road.

The Boston Marathon route ends at 665 Boylston St., in Boston.

The MBTA will be rerouting buses to avoid closed roadways.

The Boston Transportation Department expects Boylston Street to reopen by 8 p.m. Monday and all other streets in the city to reopen by 7 p.m.

Parking also will be heavily restricted in Back Bay on Monday and throughout much of the weekend.

To accommodate commuters and Marathon viewers who would normally bike or drive, the MBTA is offering a $20 All-Day Marathon Pass on the Worcester Line of the commuter rail. The flat-rate pass gives travelers access to the Marathon route over the course of the entire day Monday.

“We hope this gives spectators even more convenience as they take the T to cheer on the runners,” said MBTA Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve in a news release.

Shortsleeve also suggested that Marathon-goers and commuters could purchase a one-day T pass to avoid traffic snarls.

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