The Boston Marathon route goes directly through Wellesley, thus splitting the town in half. While Route 9 is one of the only ways to get from on end of the town to the other, Washington Street will be almost entirely shut down.
The Wellesley Police have announced road closures and parking restrictions, and remind drivers to plan accordingly:
THE MARATHON ROUTE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 8:45 A.M. AND 2:30 P.M.
From the : “The course runs through Wellesley from Route 135 (Central Street) at the Natick line to Wellesley Square, and then shifts to Route 16 (Washington Street) from Grove Street to the Newton line. The course will be completely shut down to all vehicle traffic. The off ramps from Route 9, both east and west, at Route 16 will also be shut down.”
NO PARKING ON THESE SIDE STREETS:
- Pond Road
- Linden Street from Weston to Crest Road.
- River Street
- Brook Street
- Route 9
- Wareland Road
From the police: “The following parking restrictions will take place on April 18:
NO PARKING on the route on the day of the race. This is from Rt. 135 at the Natick line to Grove Street and Rt. 16 from Grove Street to the Newton line. No parking signs will be posted alerting motorists to this. VEHICLES IN VIOLATION WILL BE TICKETED AND TOWED.”
At 2:30 p.m., Wellesley Police will begin to reopen the route from west to east.
OTHER MARATHON NOTES:
- Government offices
- Library (and branches)
- Schools (vacation week)
- Most retail and restaurants (owner's discretion).