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Newton Road Closures/Delays for Sunday's Walk for Hunger

Make sure you read these traffic alerts from Newton Police before heading out Sunday.

The annual Project Bread Walk for Hunger will be making its way through the area Sunday. But before roughly 40,000 people traverse through parts of Newton, here are some local road closures and delays that could affect you:

  • From roughly 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. the walk will enter Newton on Beacon Street from Boston and head west on Beacon Street and then north on Centre Street, over the Mass Pike and into Watertown. Expect delays and seek alternate routes.
  • There may be short road closures on Beacon Street between Tudor Road and Hammond Pond Parkway as well as on Centre Street between Commonwealth Avenue and Sargent Street.
  • Mass Pike Exit Ramp 17 will be closed from approximately 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Once in Watertown, the Walk for Hunger will come down Galen Street and continue across the bridge and head into Watertown Square, then along Charles River Road.

Walkers will then head through the Commanders Gate into Arsenal Park in Watertown, which will serve as a key stop for participants, said Margaret Sloat, director of development for Project Bread.  The park will be the location of the snack stop.

“We love the change. We think walkers will really enjoy it,” Sloat said. “Arsenal Park is so beautiful. People will want to sit down on the nice grass and have look around. We are hoping this be a permanent change.”

From the park, the walkers will walk along Greenough Boulevard into Cambridge.

In recent years the Walk would go through Watertown on Greenough Boulevard between North Beacon Street and Arsenal Street.

The walk is the primary fund raising for Project Bread, Sloat said.

“The walk accounts for half of our revenue each year,” Sloat said. “The money we raise through Walk for Hunger goes to 400 emergency food programs in 130 communities around the state.”

Traffic will likely be slowed on Galen Street, North Beacon Street, Greenough Boulevard, and Arsenal Street due to walkers walking along the side of the road or crossing the road.

Walkers will be on the sidewalk as the go through Watertown Square.  

Editor's note: Newton road closure information provided by . The walk will be Sunday, May 1. 

Wendy Schapiro April 29, 2011 at 04:26 PM
Aren't they also offering free T fare to walkers that day? For those of us not walking but who ARE heading into and out of Boston, how does that affect us? Any ideas, Patch readers?
Melanie Graham (Editor) April 29, 2011 at 05:32 PM
According to the Walk for Hunger website (see link in story), "the T will welcome all Walkers and Volunteers with a free ride in the morning between 6:00 A.M. and 8:00 A.M. -- just show your online registration form or Walk Guide." I couldn't find anything else on the MBTA, but it sounds like the T will be packed in the morning!
Wendy Schapiro April 29, 2011 at 08:20 PM
Which is why I'm not heading into Comic Con until 10:00 :) I was more worried about the ride home with all of the sweaty walkers... ;)

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