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 highway. As his sister, Mary Coughlin Johnston cracked in remarks delivered during Monday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony: “If Martin were here today, he’d say, ‘why the heck did this take so long?’”
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