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Boston Marathon street closures: What to know, what to avoid

Including before the big day

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The Boston Marathon and Boston’s Patriots Day Parade both roll through the city—and, in the case of the former, through the wider region—on Monday, April 16.

As a result, driving and parking in Boston will be worse than usual (and that’s saying something). In fact, the city is urging people to bike it, train or bus it, or walk it to get around Boston over the weekend and especially on Monday.

If people just have to drive, though, here are the marathon-related street closures. The approximate start times of the closures are also listed, per the city.

  • 5 a.m.: Charles Street, adjacent to the Boston Common
  • 6 a.m.: Boylston Street, Hereford Street to Arlington Street
  • 8 a.m.: All streets east of Massachusetts Avenue and Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 22
  • 8 a.m.: All streets west of Mass. Ave. in the Kenmore Square-Audubon Circle area
  • 8:30 a.m.: All streets in the Brighton area leading to the marathon route will close

Boylston Street is expected to reopen at 8 p.m., and the city expects to reopen all other streets at 7 p.m. Boston officials have provided further details on street closings here.

There will also be several spots in Back Bay where the city will not permit idling or parking on Saturday, April 14—the state of shorter races associated with the marathon—and Monday, April 16. Some idling/parking bans are already in effect in some places.