For Immediate Release - August 24, 2017

State Officials Remind Students and Residents of Roadway Height Restrictions Ahead of Move-In Day

BOSTON – With students and residents set to return to the Boston Metro area in the coming weeks, state officials today urged students and residents to be aware of vehicle height restrictions along Storrow Drive, Memorial Drive, and Soldiers Field Road. Additionally, parking restrictions will affect certain roadways in the City of Boston between 48 hours and one week prior to Move-In Day on Friday, September 1, 2017.

“While the fall semester can be an exciting time of year, it is incredibly important that we take the necessary steps to ensure our roadways remain safe for students, residents, commuters, and visitors alike,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “This week, I encourage all drivers to be conscious of posted signage regarding vehicle height restrictions along Charles River roadways and take care when navigating area streets during this busy time of year.”

“With thousands of students moving into Boston over the coming weeks, it’s important that everyone plan ahead and make informed decisions on route and timing of travel and do their part to reduce congestion along our roadways,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “We encourage all travelers to utilize the appropriate travel technology resources including our GoTime app or Mass511.com, learn of any parking or travel restrictions, and consider alternative forms of transportation such as public transit if they are traveling throughout the greater-Boston area.”

Leading up to Move-In Day, state agencies are in the process of positioning increased signage throughout the area, which includes:

  • Variable message boards (VMBs) located one week prior to Move-In Day reading “No Parking September 1. Permitted Drop Off Only”;
  • “No Parking” signs will be posted 48 hours to one week prior to Move-In Day;
  • Cones and barricades will be deployed on Move-In Day; and,
  • MassDOT will deploy 10 VMBs at various entry points along Storrow Drive one week prior to Move-In Day, which will read “Attn/ Rental / Trucks  //  Do Not/ Use/ Storrow.”

“Students, don’t get stuck in your tracks to start the fall semester,” said Colonel Richard McKeon, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police. “Be mindful of height restrictions when you’re moving in, and I hope the rest of the year is smooth driving.”

Anticipating the annual influx of traffic on height restricted roadways, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), and the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) have begun active outreach to the following groups to remind the public of restrictions: educational institutions; GPS companies; and individual box truck rental companies. Additionally, all three agencies will coordinate additional signage in Greater Boston and social media outreach to remind the general public of the height restrictions.

Residents and visitors wishing to obtain additional information about DCR parking bans and road closures may sign up for alerts at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/sign-up-for-dcr-storm-updates.html.

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