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Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Turns 75

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One of the city's bridges celebrated its diamond anniversary Tuesday.

The Bronx-Whitestone Bridge first opened on April 29, 1939.

Since then, more than 2.2 billion vehicles have crossed the 2,300-foot span linking Queens and the Bronx.

The bridge was built as part of a new highway network for drivers to go from upstate straight to Queens without having to pass through Manhattan.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said the opening was met with much fanfare.

"There was a motorcade, a procession with the Police Department, and flags and banners, and political speeches and a lot of well-wishers," said Raymond Webb of the MTA Bridges and Tunnels division. "It was a great day, from what I understand."

The bridge has undergone some changes over the years. Additional lanes were added when cars became more popular.

There's also the toll, which was 25 cents in 1939 and now sits at $5.33 for drivers with E-ZPass, or $7.50 without.

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