Wellesley traffic warnings for Thanksgiving Day

Wellesley Police issued the following information about traffic/parking on Thanksgiving morning, in light of the Turkey5 road race and Wellesley-Needham football game:


The ‘Turkey 5’ road race will be starting at 8:00 AM from the 200 block area of Linden Street near the Roche Brothers entrance.  The road race has both a 5 mile and 5 kilometer course, with two start times, one at 8:00 AM; the second at 8:15 AM.  The courses make their way through Wellesley Square on Central Street and on Washington Street near Grove.  Part of the race also traverses the Wellesley College campus and Rt. 135.  The race ends where it started on Linden Street.  Wellesley Police officers will be positioned along the race route, temporarily stopping traffic to allow the majority of runners to safely pass.

Linden Street will remain open, and will be detoured AROUND the start and finish line.  Most of the anticipated delays will be on Linden Street.

Please be alert for runners and expect some delays between 8AM and 9 AM in the following areas:

Linden Street from the Roche Brothers entrance to Crest Road (Everett Street to Linden Street)

Crest Road from Linden Street to Central Street

Washington Street at Grove (primarily Grove Street)

Dover Road between Grove and Washington Street

Central Street (Rt. 135) from the Wellesley College entrance to Crest Road (eastbound.)

The runners and the course will be clear and off the roads by 9:10 AM.



The Wellesley Needham football game will be held at the Wellesley High School Football field starting at 10:00 AM.  Due to an expected large crowd, there will be some temporary parking restrictions in the area of the WHS football field and Wellesley High School.  These parking restrictions will be well marked and include the following streets:

Atwood Street, State Street, Smith Street, Clifford Street, Twitchell Street, Rice Street, and Paine Street.

Please do not park where the temporary NO PARKING signs have been placed.  Also be sure to not block a driveway if you are parking on a street.  Regular no parking signs in the area will also be in effect.

Parking is available in the Wellesley High School lot, the Selectman’s lot on State Street, and on Washington Street near the tennis courts.  There may be some early parking available in the lot near the skating pond on State Street as well.

Questions about parking may be directed to Sergeant Jeff Renzella via email at JRenzella@wellesleyma.gov.