City of Boston Traffic Advisory: Columbus Day Weekend

The following special events taking place in the City of Boston this weekend will result in street closures and traffic detours, and reduce on-street parking availability. Those coming into the City for the festivities are encouraged to take advantage of the MBTA. Information on service may be found at www.MBTA.com. For a faster return trip, the MBTA advises riders to purchase a round-trip rather than a one-way ticket.

Sunday, October 11

The Boston Athletic Association Half-Marathon route will close to traffic at 7:30 AM and remain closed until approximately 10:30 AM. The use of alternate routes to avoid traveling in the Forest Hills area on Sunday morning is strongly advised. 

The Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon will begin at Franklin Park near Playstead Road at 8:00 AM with 5,000 runners using the following route: Pierpont Road in Franklin Park, right on Jewish War Vets Drive, to Circuit Drive, to Forest Hills Drive, to the Arborway, to Pond Street, to the Jamaicaway, to the Riverway, turn around on the Riverway just before Fenway, to the Riverway, to the Jamaicaway, right on Route 9E exit, right on River Road, left on Pond Avenue, clockwise around Pond/Chestnut Street Rotary, left on Chestnut Street, right on Perkins, left on Francis Parkman Drive, right on Arborway, counterclockwise around Kelly Circle, to the Arborway, counterclockwise around Forest Hills Rotary, right on Forest Hills Drive, right on Circuit Drive, to Circuit Drive, around backside of Devine Golf Course, turn around on Circuit Drive behind Devine Golf Course, continue on Circuit Drive, right on Jewish War Veterans Drive, left on Pierpont Road, right into service entrance to Franklin Park Zoo, exit the Giraffe Entrance to the Franklin Park Zoo, to Playstead Road, left at basketball courts, left into White Stadium finishing at the 40 yard line.

Temporary “Tow Zone No Stopping Saturday – Sunday” parking restrictions will be in effect as follows:

  • Pierpont Road, both sides, Glen Lane to Playstead Road

Temporary “Tow Zone No Stopping Sunday” parking restrictions will be in effect as follows:

  • Circuit Drive, both sides, Blue Hill Avenue to Morton Street
  • Valley Gates/Pierpont Road Area, both sides, Circuit Drive to the White Stadium entrance to the Zoo
  • Pierpont Road, both sides, Sigourney Street to Playstead Road
  • Playstead Road, both sides, Walnut Street entrance to Pierpont Road
  • Seaver Street, Franklin Park side, Walnut Avenue to Elm Hill Avenue 
  • Medallion Street, west side, Richards Street to West First Street

The Columbus Day Parade route will close to traffic at 12:50 PM and streets will reopen as the parade progresses.

The Columbus Day Parade will step off from City Hall Plaza at 1 PM.  The parade route is Cambridge Street, right onto New Sudbury Street, right onto Congress Street, left onto State Street, left onto Atlantic Avenue, continuing onto Commercial Street, left onto Battery Street, left onto Hanover Street, right onto Cross Street, right onto Endicott Street, right at North Washington Street, right onto Commercial Street for dispersal.

Temporary “Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Sunday” parking restrictions will be in effect as follows:

  • Cambridge Street, both sides, Court Street to Somerset Street
  • Commercial Street, both sides, North Washington Street to Hanover Street
  • Court Street, both sides, Causeway Street to Washington Street
  • North Washington Street, both sides, Causeway Street to Rip Valenti Way
  • New Chardon Street, both sides, Cambridge Street to Congress Street
  • New Sudbury Street, both sides, Cambridge Street to Congress Street
  • State Street, both sides, Washington Street to Atlantic Avenue
  • Atlantic Avenue, both sides, State Street to Commercial Street
  • Commercial Street, both sides, Atlantic Avenue to Battery Street
  • Hanover Street, both sides, Commercial Street to Cross Street
  • Cross Street, both sides, Hanover Street to Endicott Street
  • Endicott Street, both sides, Cross Street to North Washington Street

Monday, October 12

The Columbus Day Race for Women route will close to traffic at 11:50 AM and streets along the route will reopen as the race progresses.

The Columbus Day Race for Women will begin at Noon on Beacon Street, between Charles and Brimmer Streets with an estimated 7,000 runners.  The route to be followed is right onto Massachusetts Avenue, over the Mass Ave Bridge to travel on streets in the City of Cambridge, back over the Mass Ave Bridge to Massachusetts Avenue in Boston, left onto Commonwealth Avenue, right onto Arlington Street, left onto Boylston Street, left onto Charles Street, finishing between the center gate of the Public Garden and Beacon Street.

Temporary “Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Sunday and Monday” parking restrictions will be in effect as follows:

  • Beacon Street, Public Garden side, Charles Street to opposite Brimmer Street.

Temporary “Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Monday” parking restrictions will be in effect as follows:

  • Beacon Street, both sides, Charles Street to Clarendon Street (excluding Beacon Street as noted above)
  • Boylston Street, Public Garden side, Arlington Street to Charles Street
  • Charles Street, both sides, Boylston Street to Beacon Street.