More than 40,000 people will make their way through Newton and surrounding communities this Sunday for the annual Project Bread Walk for Hunger.
Sunday's walk is a 20-mile route that passes through Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown and Cambridge. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. on Boston Common.
The annual walk raises money and awareness for local hunger and supports the more than 750,000 people in Massachusetts who do not have enough food to eat.
Before all those walkers make their way through the local streets, be sure to read through some local road closures and detours that will affect Newton on Sun., May 5:
- Expect traffic delays and diversions on Beacon Street from Chestnut Hill Avenue to Newton Centre from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Langley Road between Beacon Street and Centre Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Expect traffic delays and diversions at intersecting streets.
- Drivers are asked to use extreme caution at Newton Corner from 7 p.m. - 4 p.m. as walkers will be crossing from Centre Street over the Washington Street bridge to continue along Centre Street.
- Expect traffic delays and diversions on Centre Street from Langley Road to Newton Corner, from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Traffic will be diverted at most intersecting streets.
- Exit 17 from I-90 Westbound will be closed from 10 a.m. until the heavy flow of Walkers subsides (likely around 2 p.m.) It is recommended to use Exit 20 for all points North and Exit 16 for all destinations south.
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Overall, the 2012 walk raised $3.6 million.
Locally, the Newton Food Pantry, Centre Street Food Pantry and Arabic Baptist Church Food Pantry benefit from money raised through Project Bread.
Registration for participants will be held from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. on Boston Common. For more information, call 617-723-5000 or visit www.projectbread.org.