Scenic Byways Public Form - December 2nd at City Hall
Essex National Heritage invites you to discover the Scenic Byway, an 85-mile coastal byway stretching from Newburyport through Cape Ann to Lynn. A public forum will be held on Thursday, December 2, in the Newburyport City Hall Auditorium, from 6:30-8:30 PM. The forum will include a short presentation about the byway and its corridor management plan -- highlighting some of the key ways the byway can bring benefit to Newburyport. Come ready with your questions as well as your ideas for how this byway program can help to preserve, enhance and promote Newburyport’s scenic, cultural, natural, and historic resources.
Newburyport, the northern gateway to the scenic byway, offers byway travelers arts and culture, special events and festivals, a lively pedestrian scene, shopping dining and water-based activities within a community whose maritime history is reflected throughout its historic neighborhoods and along its active waterfront. The byway follows a number of scenic loops along High Street from Atkinson Common to the Newbury town line, through the downtown via State and Green Streets, along Water Street and out to Plum Island. Newburyport also provides a direct link from commuter rail to the byway via a new bike path. Learn how the byway management plan can help coordinate local, cross-community and regional efforts to bring economic benefit to the byway communities while preserving and enhancing community character.
Launched in June 2009 and on-schedule for completion by March 2011, the planning initiative for the Essex Heritage Scenic Byway engages grass-roots representatives from the 13 Essex County communities through which the byway passes. Anchored at each end by the gateway cities of Lynn and Newburyport, the byway travels through Swampscott, Marblehead, Salem, Beverly, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Ipswich, Rowley and Newbury. The byway follows portions of Routes 1A, 129, 114, 127, 127A, and 133 as well as local roads in Marblehead, Gloucester, Newbury and Newburyport.
Essex Heritage received grant funding from the federal National Scenic Byways Program and the Massachusetts Dept of Transportation (MassDOT) to create a corridor management plan for the byway. Taintor & Associates, a Newburyport-based planning firm, is leading preparation of the plan that will identify strategies for preserving, enhancing, and promoting the byway’s scenic, cultural, historic, recreational and natural qualities.
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