Boston officials today outlined some of their security measures for the April 21 Marathon that include road closings, more cameras and police and more cots and emergency personnel for the larger number of runners expected.
"Our goal is to make it a safe family day," Police Commissioner William Evans said. "I'm very confident we're going to have a great day."
Evans said that, unlike at the post-bombing July 4th concert, people will be allowed to bring large items such as strollers. However, he cautioned anybody with a stroller, backpack or large bag could be subject to search at any of a number of police checkpoints. He urged people to leave such items at home if possible.
Evans said Newbury Street will be shut to traffic and turned into a pedestrian walkway for the duration of the race - and that police will divert people to Newbury if they fell the area along Boylston Street near the finish line is getting too crowded.
5 AM Streets in the vicinity of the Boston Common
6 AM Boylston Street, Hereford Street to Arlington Street
8 AM All streets east of Massachusetts Avenue (as well as Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 22)
8 AM All streets west of Massachusetts Avenue in the Kenmore Square Audubon Circle area
8:30 AM All streets in the Brighton area leading into the route
Public Health Executive Director Barbara Ferrer said her commission will be offering counseling and other resources for people - especially bombing survivors and their families - both before and during the race - through drop-in counseling sessions and through the mayor's health line, 617-534-5050.