Boston (Massachusetts state) will host the 123rd annual Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, resulting in significant transportation disruptions. The course begins at the Town Common in Hopkinton and run along MA-135 to Newton before following Commonwealth Avenue to Beacon Street before finishing at the Boston Public Library on Boylston Street. Heightened security measures are expected, including increased deployment of police forces, checkpoints, and vehicle and pedestrian barriers.
Road closures in Boston will begin as early as 03:30 around Boylston and Berkley Street, 05:00 around Boston Common, and with most closures around Back Bay beginning around 08:00. Boston street closures will be in effect until 19:00 or 20:00. Other road closures along the route from Hopkinton to Brookline will be based on a rolling basis and begin at 07:00 in Hopkinton. Streets will reopen between 13:30 and 17:15, depending on their position on the route. Closure extensions are possible. Additionally, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will close the Copley station all day and the Green Line stations of South Street, Kent Street, and St. Marys Street will be closed from 10:00 to 18:00. Increased congestion on alternative modes of transportation is expected.
Two homemade bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013, resulting in three deaths and wounding more than 250 others.
Individuals in or near Boston are advised to monitor the situation, allow additional time to reach their destination, anticipate a heightened security presence and significant transportation disruptions, including road closures, public transportation closures or disruptions, and increased congestion.
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