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Joan Vennochi

A road to peace for East Boston, Massport

Sure, Rome wasn’t built in a day. But did it really have to take 40 years to build a half-mile long access route for commercial traffic headed to Logan Airport?

This week, the Massachusetts Port Authority celebrated the opening of the two-lane, $23.5 million Martin A. Coughlin Bypass Road. It’s named after a longtime East Boston activist who first pitched the bypass concept back in 1972, as a way to keep cabs, buses, and 18-wheelers off Eastie streets. Forty years later — and 12 years after his death — Coughlin’s idea finally turned into a stretch of real highway.

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