Traffic Advisory and Increased Police Presence at Weekend Events

Boston Police Commissioner Evans announced today that the Boston Police Department will have additional officers assigned to weekend events across the city. With a weekend full of events scheduled, the BPD has taken steps to ensure the safety of fans, spectators, participants, visitors and residents. The Department has assigned additional police resources to the events that will likely draw large crowds while maintaining adequate patrols throughout the neighborhoods. The Boston Regional Intelligence Center continues to monitor situations around the world and is working closely with federal and local law enforcement. As of now, there remains no specific threat to Boston; however, we are reminding officers to remain vigilant while assigned to these various events this weekend.

Keep in mind traffic is expected to be impacted due to the weekend’s events. Please plan your travels accordingly. 

City of Boston Traffic Advisory for Weekend of November 21 and 22, 2015

Boston drivers are advised that special events taking place in the City on Saturday, November 21, and Sunday, November 22, will impact traffic and reduce the availability of on-street parking spaces. Those coming into Boston for these events are asked to leave their personal motor vehicles at home and utilize MBTA services. Information on service may be found at www.MBTA.com. For a faster return trip, the MBTA advises riders purchase a round-trip rather than a one-way ticket.

The Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting celebration is expected to significantly impact the flow of traffic on Surface Artery, Clinton Street and North Street, between State Street and New Chardon Street, from 7 PM to 9:30 PM.  Drivers are urged to detour around this vicinity on Saturday evening as delays are expected. In addition, the event will require temporary “Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Saturday 12 Noon to Midnight” parking restrictions as follows:

  • Chatham Street, both sides, from Merchants Row to Commercial Street
  • Commercial Street, both sides, from Chatham Street to State Street

The Boston Shamrock Series 5K will begin in the Back Bay at 8 AM and the route will be closed to traffic from 7:45 AM to 9:30 AM. The route is Beacon Street to Arlington Street to Commonwealth Avenue westbound, turning around at Charlesgate West, to Commonwealth Avenue eastbound, to Arlington Street, to Beacon Street, ending on Charles Street. In addition, the event will require temporary “Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Saturday 6 AM to 12 Noon” parking restrictions as follows:

  • Charles Street, parking meter side, from Boylston Street to Beacon Street
  • Beacon Street, both sides, from Charles Street to Arlington Street

The Notre Dame Marching Band will be parading in the vicinity of Fenway Park and this portion of Brookline Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.  At 5:30 PM, from Park Drive, the band will turn right onto Kilmarnock Street, right onto Brookline Avenue to Yawkey Way Extension. At 6:30 PM, from Yawkey Way Extension, the band will turn left onto Brookline Avenue and right onto Lansdowne Street. To accommodate this event, as well as an event at Fenway Park on Sunday, temporary “Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Saturday and Sunday” parking regulations will be in effect as follows:

  • Brookline Avenue, both sides, from Park Drive at Landmark Center to Commonwealth Avenue
  • Boylston Street, both sides, from Ipswich Street, near Fenway Park, to Park Drive
  • Lansdowne Street, both sides, from Brookline Avenue to Ipswich Street
  • Ipswich Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to opposite the Boston Conservatory
  • Van Ness Street, both sides, from Ipswich Street to Kilmarnock Street
  • Yawkey Way, both sides, from Van Ness Street to Brookline Avenue

The Bay Village Neighborhood Clean-Up will require temporary “Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Saturday 7 AM to 12 Noon” parking restrictions as follows:

  • Broadway, both sides, from Melrose Street to Piedmont Street
  • Charles Street South, odd side, from Tremont Street to Stuart Street
  • Church Street, both sides, from Stuart Street to Tremont Street
  • Cortes Street, both sides, from Arlington Street to Berkeley Street
  • Fayette Street, both sides, from Charles Street South to Marginal Road
  • Isabella Street, both sides, from Arlington Street to Columbus Avenue
  • Melrose Street, both sides, from Charles Street South to Arlington Street
  • Piedmont Street, both sides, from Arlington Street to Broadway
  • Shawmut Street, both sides, from Church Street to Broadway
  • Winchester Street, both sides, from Broadway to Arlington Street