Mayor Walsh and Commissioner Evans Discuss Race Preparation and Safety Measures for Boston Marathon: Today, Friday, April 17, 2016, Mayor Walsh, Commissioner Evans and other city officials gathered at Boston City Hall to discuss preparations and safety measures being employed for Monday’s Boston Marathon. This year’s race, the 119th running of the Boston Marathon, promises to be another family friendly affair for the city of Boston and safety and the security for those attending this year’s race will remain the focus and top priority for city leaders and first responders. Said Mayor Walsh: “This is a world class event that’s a celebration of what we all love about Boston. I have tremendous confidence in our security measures. We’re asking for everyone’s cooperation to make this a great day.” Said Commissioner Evans: “Thirty thousand runners will have an experience of a lifetime participating in one of the greatest marathons in the world. Our job is to make sure they’re safe and enjoy the day and we feel confident with the security plan we have in place for Monday’s Marathon.”
Commissioner Evans again encouraged spectators to forgo the use of large bags or bag packs. Said Evans: ‘If you don’t need them, we’d prefer you leave them at home. If you do decide to bring a large bag or back pack, there’s a good chance it’ll be searched.”
In addition to the above, city officials encouraged everyone to utilize public transportation as several streets in and around the Marathon route will be closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic starting as early as 5:00am on Marathon Monday. For a complete list of street closings and restrictions for Monday, April 20, 2015, please read below:
5:00AM: Streets in and around Boston Common will close.
6:00AM: Boylston Street from Hereford to Arlington Streets will close.
8:00AM: All streets east of Massachusetts Avenue (as well as Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 22) will close.
8:00AM: All streets west of Massachusetts Avenue in the Kenmore Square Audubon Circle area will close.
8:30AM: All streets in the Brighton area leading into the route will close.