July 4-Related Road Closures Around Mass. Eye and Ear

July 02, 2013

Contact: Mary Leach

BOSTON (July 2, 2013) – Patients and visitors to Mass. Eye and Ear are encouraged to be aware of traffic patterns and road closures related to the July 4th celebration on the Esplanade near the hospital in Boston. Parking and traffic patterns around Mass. Eye and Ear will be impacted because of the July 4th celebration starting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3. All employee and patient parking will be limited to the Charles Circle Lot beginning Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning.

Road closurers beginning on July 3:
After noon, eastbound traffic will not be able to proceed past Charlesgate St. (Fenway area). Link to a pdf that shows an alternate route to the Charles Circle Lot. Westbound traffic getting on to Storrow Drive will be directed to take the exit to Charles Circle. You may access the Charles Circle Lot from there. Please click on this link for an alternate route to the Charles Circle Lot.

Full Road Closings as posted on DCR website:
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
12:01 AM:
.NO parking on Mugar Way until 8:00 AM on July 5. All vehicles shall be removed.
6:00 AM: The right lane of Storrow Drive westbound will be closed to allow for event related permitted activity from the Longfellow Bridge to the Fiedler Footbridge. Vehicular traffic will continue eastbound on all lanes and west bound on Storrow Drive left lane until noon.
7:30 AM: The enhanced security area of the Esplanade between Community Boating and Dartmouth Street, including the Hatch Memorial Shell and the Oval, shall close to all pedestrians and cyclists. Park users will be detoured off the Esplanade at the Dartmouth Street Footbridge and the Community Footbridge at Charles Circle. The Fiedler Footbridge from Beacon Street to the Esplanade will also close at this time.
Noon: Storrow Drive East and West closes from Charles Street Circle to the Bowker Overpass (just past the Mass. Ave Bridge, connecting to Charlesgate and the Fenway), until July 5. Mugar Way at Beacon Street closes to vehicular and
pedestrian traffic. Berkley Street at Beacon St closes to vehicular traffic. Mass. Eye and Ear patients will be able to access the Storrow Drive Lot until 4 PM.
Pedestrians will be directed to Berkley Street for entrance to the Esplanade.
4 PM: No more access to Storrow Drive Lot. Oval opens to Rehearsal Concert attendees. Attendees may NOT bring tents/canopies on July 3.
7:30 PM Pops Rehearsal Concert Begins at Hatch Memorial Shell
9:00 PM Concert ends. Oval again closes to public for cleanup and preparation for the next day’s events. There are no fireworks during the July 3rd’s rehearsal Concert.

Thursday, July 4, 2013: Independence Day
12:01 AM:
No parking will be allowed on Memorial Drive (either side) from #450 Memorial Drive to the Longfellow Bridge; #1 Memorial Drive; Cambridge Parkway; Riverside Boat Club and Magazine Beach/Pool, AND #1 Land Blvd.
7:00 AM: Closure of Storrow Drive extends: no access to Storrow Drive (east and westbound) will be allowed between Leverett Circle and Bowker Overpass. The Storrow Drive exit ramp (Liberty Tunnel) from the Tip O’Neil Tunnel shall be
closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles. Traffic will be allowed to travel on
Msgr. O’Brien Highway to Cambridge and Martha Road to Boston.
The Community Footbridge at Charles Street Circle to the Esplanade shall be
closed. Mugar Way at Beacon Street shall be closed to all pedestrian traffic. Pedestrians wishing to enter the Esplanade will be directed down Beacon Street to Berkeley Street for entry.
10:00 AM: The right lane of the Charles River Dam Road and Craigie Draw Bridge shall be closed from Museum Way to Leverett Circle. This lane will be designed for emergency vehicles and event staff.
3:00 PM: No access to Storrow Drive westbound from the Bowker Overpass at Kenmore Square and no access to Storrow Drive westbound from the Beacon St. on-ramp under the Bowker overpass.
4:00 PM: Memorial Drive will close eastbound and westbound between the BU Bridge and the Longfellow Bridge. All side streets in the City of Cambridge leading to Memorial Drive will close. This includes: Main Street from Third Street to the Longfellow Bridge; Ames Street from Main Street to Memorial Drive; Wadsworth and Amherst Streets; Land Boulevard from Binney Street to Longfellow Bridge; Hayward Street; Carlton Street; Charlotte’s Way; and Dock Street. Vehicle access to One Memorial Drive will be allowed by permit only.
No access to the Harvard (aka Mass. Ave.) Bridge for vehicles or pedestrians
from Beacon Street in Boston to Vassar Street in Cambridge. Vassar Street in
Cambridge will close from Mass. Ave. to Memorial Drive. Local resident access
will be allowed. The Longfellow Bridge will close outbound (Boston to Cambridge) to all pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The inbound side (from Cambridge to Boston) will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists.
7:30 PM: Concert begins.
9:30 PM: Fireworks begin.
10:00 PM: Concert and fireworks end.
9:15 PM: Third Street in Cambridge becomes one way from Main Street to the Msgr.O’Brien Highway. The Craigie Draw Bridge (at Leverett Circle) will remain in the down position for two hours until vehicle traffic subsides. Smaller boats that can pass under the bridge while the bridge is in the down position will be allowed to pass downstream to the Charles River Dam locks.
Please visit http://www.july4th.org/Event_Info/2013_Road_Closures/ for the most up-to-date information on road closures.