1953Route 128 was extended to Eastern Avenue.Government and Public Service, Transportation

Gloucester Daily Times. “Route 128 to Extend to Pier But Not to Rockport, Says DPW.” July 24, 1953. https://sawyer.advantage-preservation.com/
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The extension was seen as an improvement to access for downtown Gloucester and Rockport. It was also considered to aid with the truck traffic at the state pier.

Garland, Joseph E. The Gloucester Guide: A Stroll through Place and Time. The History Press ed, The History Press, 2004. Gloucester Daily Times. "Route 128 to Extend to Pier But Not to Rockport, Says DPW." July 24, 1953. https://sawyer.advantage-preservation.com/
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