DCR Reopens Watertown Roadway Along Charles River

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A stretch of Greenough Boulevard in Watertown has reopened after about three months of being closed to motor vehicle traffic.

Because the roadway is along the Charles River, it falls under the control of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

A screenshot of a Google Map showing the section of Greenough Boulevard closed by the DCR for recreation use. It stretches from North Beacon Street to Arsenal Street.

The section of Greenough that runs between between Arsenal and North Beacon streets was closed on April 11. The DCR opened the area to pedestrians and bicyclists during the COVID-19 outbreak to give people socially distanced recreation opportunities.

The roadway officially reopened for traffic on July 6 at 9 p.m.

5 thoughts on “DCR Reopens Watertown Roadway Along Charles River

  1. Does anybody know why it was closed in the first place. I just drove it yesterday and
    nothing had changed that I noticed.

  2. The section of Greenough that runs between between Arsenal and North Beacon streets was closed on April 11. The DCR opened the area to pedestrians and bicyclists during the COVID-19 outbreak to give people socially distanced recreation opportunities.

  3. The DCR should keep this section closed. Watertown has very sparse green space. This area has been used for walkers, runners, riders, and children. It has been a safe haven for nature, too. Drivers have the easy option of hopping over a bridge and getting to where they’re going. Right when one thinks SOMEONE SOMEWHERE has common sense, the road is reopened. Please rethink this decision-especially in the middle of a pandemic where travel is limited.

  4. Really disappointed with this decision. Closing Greenough ended up being an incredibly impactful decision. The roadway was utilized all day, every day, by many people in the area. The width of the travel lanes and sides walks allowed people to easily spread out and “do laps” of over a mile each way. Bikes, runners, walkers, you name it. It was a move I lauded, and now, with still many people WFH and the alternate routes under utilized, it’s opened back up. Did the pandemic end?

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