Boston Drivers Encouraged to Plan Ahead this Weekend
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Mayor's Cup Pro Bike Race, Hub on Wheels, Police Athletic League Grand Prix
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For Immediate Release
September 20, 2013
Released By:
Transportation
For More Information Contact:
Tracey Ganiatsos
BTD@cityofboston.gov

Boston drivers are strongly encouraged to plan ahead this weekend as special events taking place in the Innovation District on the South Boston Waterfront, as well as Downtown, will disrupt traffic and require detours.

 

In the Innovation District, up to 8,000 people will be traveling to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center each day and the Boston Police Athletic League Grand Prix will close a portion of Seaport Boulevard to vehicular traffic from 3 AM to 7 PM on Saturday.  Downtown, several streets will be closed to accommodate the Mayor’s Cup Pro Bike Race and Hub on Wheels.  Using the MBTA as an alternative this weekend is recommended.

 

Boston Convention and ExhibitionCenter

 

Abilities Expo Boston 2013 and Pri-Med East 2013 are taking place at the BCEC this weekend.  Police Officers will be on hand to direct traffic and variable message boards will be used to guide drivers to the area as well as to parking locations.  The BCEC is also well served by the MBTA Silver Line as well as the MBTA #7 bus line.

 

Mayor’s Cup Pro Bike Race and Hub on Wheels

 

The Mayor’s Cup Professional Bike Race will take place on Saturday, September 21.  Streets to be closed to vehicular traffic are as follows.

  • Cambridge Street, between Court Street and New Sudbury Street, from 9 AM to 7 PM
  • Congress Street, between New Sudbury Street and State Street, from 9 AM to 7 PM
  • State Street, at Congress Street, from 9 AM to 7 PM (Drivers will be allowed to turn left or right onto Congress Street)
  • Court Street, in its entirety, from 9 Am to 7 PM
  • Court Square, in its entirety, from 9 AM to 7 PM

The Mayor’s Cup Professional Bike Race will begin on the City Hall side of Cambridge Street and riders will proceed west turning right onto New Sudbury Street, right onto Congress Street, right onto Court Street and right onto Cambridge Street.

 

Hub on Wheels will take place on Sunday, September 22.  Streets to be closed to vehicular traffic are as follows.

  • Cambridge Street, northbound, from Court Street to Charles Circle, from 7:30 AM to 11AM
  • State Street, at Congress Street, from 7:30 AM to 11 AM (Drivers will be allowed to turn left or right onto Congress Street)
  • Court Street, in its entirety, from 8 AM to 11 AM
  • Court Square, in its entirety, from 8 Am to 11 AM
  • Arlington Street, between Commonwealth Avenue inbound and Boylston Street, from 8 AM to 11 AM
  • Commonwealth Avenue, inbound only,between Kenmore Square and Arlington Street, from 8 AM to 11 AM

An estimated 5,000 bicyclists are expected to ride in the Hub on Wheels event on one of three different routes, a 10 mile, 30 mile and 50 mile, using a variety of city streets.  Traffic delays should be expected Downtown.

 

To accommodate the weekend’s cycling events, the following temporary parking restrictions will be in effect.

 

“Tow Zone No Stopping, Boston Police Special Event, Saturday and Sunday”

  • Cambridge Street, both sides, from Court Street to New Chardon Street
  • Congress Street, City Hall side, from North Street to State Street,
  • Court Square, both sides, the entire length, from inbound at Court Street to outbound at Court Street
  • Court Street, both sides, from Washington Street to Cambridge Street
  • State Street, both sides, from Congress Street to Washington Street
  • Washington Street, both sides, from Water Street to Court Street

 “Tow Zone No Stopping, Boston Police Special Event, Saturday”

  • Congress Street, City Hall side, from New Sudbury Street to North Street
  • New Sudbury Street, both sides, from Cambridge Street to Congress Street
  • New Chardon Street, odd side, from Cambridge Street to Merrimac Street

“Tow Zone No Stopping, Boston Police Special Event, Sunday”

  • Cambridge Street, north side, from New Sudbury Street to Charles Circle

 

Boston Police Athletic League Grand Prix

 

The Boston Police Athletic League Grand Prix will be held on Saturday, September 21 beginning at 12 Noon on Seaport Boulevard near the Northern Avenue parking lot.  Seaport Boulevard, from Northern Avenue to Boston Wharf Road, will be closed to vehicular traffic from 3 AM to 7 PM.  In addition, the following parking restrictions will be in effect.

 

“Tow Zone Boston Police Special Event No Stopping Friday and Saturday”

  • East Service Road, both sides, from Congress Street to Seaport Boulevard

 “Tow Zone Boston Police Special Event No Stopping Saturday”

  • Seaport Boulevard, both sides, from Boston Wharf Road to Northern Avenue
  • Boston Wharf Road, both sides, from Seaport Boulevard to the first driveway to the parking lot approximately 230’ southerly.

 

Allston/Brighton Parade and Related Events

 

Special events will be taking place in Allston/Brighton on Sunday, September 22.

 

The Annual Brian J. Honan Memorial 5K Road Race will begin at Noon in front of #161 Brighton Avenue (Tavern on the Square.)  Up to 2,000 runners will head west turning left onto Cambridge Street, right onto Washington Street, turning around near the intersection of Washington and Fairbanks Streets, and returning to #161 Brighton Avenue.

 

The Annual Allston/Brighton Parade will begin at 1 PM on Brighton Avenue at Harvard Avenue.  The parade will travel from Brighton Avenue to Union Square to Cambridge Street to Brighton Center to Washington Street to Oak Square.   “Tow Zone No Stopping Sunday Parade” parking restrictions will be in effect as follows.

  • Brighton Avenue, outbound roadway, from Malvern Street to Cambridge Street
  • Faneuil Street, park side, from opposite Adair Street to opposite #365 Faneuil Street
  • Cambridge Street, both sides, from Brighton Avenue to Washington Street
  • Washington Street, both sides, from Cambridge Street to Oak Street

 

In addition, the Allston Village Fair will be held on Harvard Avenue.  “Tow Zone No Stopping, Boston Police Special Event, Sunday 7 AM to 9 PM” parking restrictions will be in effect as follows.

  • Harvard Avenue, both sides, from Cambridge Street to Brighton Avenue
  • Harvard Terrace, both sides, from Harvard Avenue to the Dead End
  • Farrington Street, both sides, from Harvard Avenue to Highgate Street
  • Gardner Street, both sides, from Harvard Avenue to Linden Street

 

South Street Diner Block Party

 

On Sunday, September 22, the South Street Diner will be hosting a Customer Appreciation Day.  The event requires closing South Street, between Beach and Kneeland Streets, to vehicular traffic from 12 Noon to 6 PM.  In addition, “Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Sunday 11 AM to 7 PM” parking restrictions will be in effect as follows.

  • South Street, both sides, from Beach Street to Kneeland Street

 

In Boston, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike are advised to help to ensure safety by obeying the rules of the road.  Those coming into the City for the above mentioned events are encouraged to travel by MBTA.

 

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