Statement from Walpole Police regarding recent stadium traffic.

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Walpole Police Department

South Walpole #TrafficUpdate — Walpole Police officials and Town Administration have received multiple inquiries since last Thursday night in regards to the excessive traffic in and around South Walpole during the last few concert events. Town officials have reached out to the State Police and Stadium officials to attempt to alleviate some of the traffic conditions during the Elton John concerts set to be held on Wednesday and Thursday night this week. Town officials have asked Stadium officials to open the parking lots early for both of the events this week to allow traffic to keep flowing. The Walpole Police Department will also be working closely with the Massachusetts State Police to encourage State Police Troooers to continuously allow traffic from Water St. on to Route 1 on a consistent basis. Town officials believe that keeping the traffic flowing in South Walpole is a key factor in dealing with the problem we are facing.

Residents are advised that effective Wednesday July 26th starting at approximately 4:30 PM the Walpole Police Department will be implementing the following road restrictions in order to address the ongoing traffic problems as a result of the large scale events held at Gillette Stadium:

• Washington St at South St (Northern access point): Local traffic only and concert traffic will remain on Washington St.

• Washington St at Pine St: Local traffic only and concert traffic will remain on Washington St.

• Pine St at Walpole Park South: Local traffic only and concert traffic will remain on Route 1.

• Washington St @ Clinton Ave: Local traffic only and concert traffic will remain on Washington St.

• Washington St at South St (Southern access point nearest the cemetery): Local traffic only and concert traffic will remain on Washington St.

• South Walpole Square: Normal assignment to manage traffic in the square.

• Water St: Normal assignment to manage traffic in the square and act as a liaison with MSP at the intersection of Route 1 and North St (Foxboro).

• Summer St at Eldor Dr: Local traffic only and concert traffic will remain on Summer St.

• Winter St at Eldor Dr: Local traffic only and concert traffic will remain on Winter St.

• The Preserve: Officers assigned to this complex to answer calls for service.

• Comstock and Concord Dr: Officers will patrol these areas to handle quality of life related calls for service and/ or traffic issues.

These restrictions will remain in place until approximately 9:00 PM that evening. There will be a heavy police presence in the area. The roadways that are closed will have a police officer stationed in a Walpole police cruiser. The officers will be available to answer questions or address concerns that residents may have and to respond to any immediate public safety issues that need to be addressed.

Town officials will evaluate the outcome of these changes prior to the second Elton John concert set to be held at the stadium on Thursday evening. It is expected that the same roads will be impacted however, Town officials may make further changes if necessary. It is our hope that these changes will result in a greater improvement over what occurred during the last two events. Thank you!

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