Photo: Belmont Police Capt. Peter Hoerr talking with a resident during a public meeting,
When suggesting what residents in and around Winter Street can do to assist police when a PGA golf tournament come to the Belmont Country Club next month, Belmont Police Assistant Chief James MacIsaac said that week might be “a good time to open the summer house and go to the Cape,” to chuckles in the room.
The good natured quip to the 15 residents who attended the community meeting at the Belmont Hill School on Thursday, May 14, spoke volumes about some of the challenges facing homeowners in what is being called “the triangle” of streets and roads adjacent the club and Marsh and Winter streets beginning Tuesday, June 9 and lasting (weather permitting) until Sunday, June 14, when 8,000 people will descend daily on Belmont attending the PGA Tour Constellation Senior Championship.
“There are a lot of moving parts in this plan and along the way there has been challenges for the PGA to do the plan correctly,” said Belmont Police Chief Richard McLaughlin to the residents.
“So I want to know your concerns and we’ll work to alleviate those [issues],” McLaughlin said.
The most significant of the week-long change will be the closure of Winter Street, a main thoroughfare from Belmont into and out of Lexington and Route 2. The street, according to BPD Capt. Peter Hoerr (who has been coordinating the effort between the town and suppliers), will be closed from:
- Tuesday, June 9 – 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, June 10 – 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Thursday, June 11 – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, June 12 – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, June 13 – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, June 14 – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Closing Winter Street will also result in the popular Route 2 Exit 56 East to be shut down, with traffic being directed to use Exit 55 onto Pleasant Street in Lexington. This detour will result in traffic that usually travels on Winter will shift over to Concord Avenue.
In addition to Winter, Marsh Street will be closed to non-residential motorists who are looking for Winter, Route 2, Lexington or Concord and Robinwood Road will be posted “Do Not Enter” at Concord Avenue. Hough Road residents will also be impacted.
While there will be restrictions to through traffic, residents in the impacted area will still be able to get to their homes by flashing a Mass Driver’s License with the current address visible.
“Residents will have easy access to their homes,” said Hoerr, who added that the department is developing a system of visitor passes for residents to have guests during the tournament.
During the tournament, there will also be temporary “no parking” restrictions on the following streets:
- Concord Avenue
- Country Club Lane
- Dundonald Road
- Greenbrook Way
- Grey Birch Park
- Greybirch Circle
- Hough Road
- Marsh Street (between Concord Avenue and Country Club Lane)
- Partridge Lane
- Rayburn Road
- Robinwood Road
- Winter Street
Ticketholders will park at Bentley College in Waltham and arrive at the tournament via shuttle bus. Volunteers who need to park will be picked up at Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington. VIP and players parking will be at the club and at St Camillus in Arlington. There will also be shuttle buses from Alewife station.