AN ACT DESIGNATING A PORTION OF STATE HIGHWAY ROUTES 1A AND 133 IN THE TOWNS OF NEWBURY, ROWLEY, IPSWICH AND ESSEX AND THE CITIES OF NEWBURYPORT AND GLOUCESTER AS A SCENIC BYWAY.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
That portion of the state highway routes 1A and 133 in the towns of Newbury,
Rowley, Ipswich and Essex and the cities of Newburyport and Gloucester shall be
designated and known as the Essex National Heritage Area Scenic Byway and are
hereby designated as a scenic byway.
The Essex National Heritage Area Scenic Byway shall begin on state highway
route 133 in the city of Gloucester at the intersection of state highway
routes 127 and 133 and shall proceed generally northward along state highway
route 133 through the town of Essex and into the town of Ipswich, where it
shall merge with state highway route 1A and continue northward through the
towns of Ipswich, Rowley and Newbury, terminating along High street and the
downtown loop, in the city of Newburyport.
The general purpose of the scenic byway designation shall be to recognize the
unique scenic, cultural and recreational resources along the byway. Specific
purposes include the preservation of the rural scenic character of the
corridor, improvement of highway safety features, expansion of economic
opportunities of local business and development of a balanced tourism
program. The department of highways shall erect and maintain suitable markers
the designation in compliance with the standards of said department.