Twin spans on Delaware Memorial Bridge mark 50 years of service

David Madden
September 12, 2018 - 3:14 pm
Delaware Gov. John Carney

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (KYW Newsradio) — Ceremonies were held in New Castle Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of the twin spans that serve as the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

The first bridge opened in 1951, and the second one followed later in 1968.       

Delaware Gov. John Carney noted the tumultuous times half a century ago and how the opening of bridge No. 2 was a bright spot. Today, the bi-state commission that runs this link along I-95 has been a service to Delaware and New Jersey.

"We work it in what I consider the Delaware Way," Carney said. "Where Democrats and Republicans think about what's the best thing for our state — in this case, for our two states — and at the end of the day they do the best thing for the people that they represent."

Drivers in classic cars celebrate the anniversary with a recreation of the parade that opened the second bridge, and special honors were given to those who died in the building and operation of the spans.

Retiring South Jersey Rep. Frank LoBiondo's father served on the board of the Delaware River and Bay Authority, which maintains the spans that now carry some 90,000 drivers a day.

"I've been checking on it twice a week for the last 24 years," LoBiondo told the crowd. "It seems to be going well. Once in awhile, it seems like about half of those people are trying to cross when I'm crossing."

Plaques were also unveiled, one of them honoring the authority's first director, Bill Miller, who served for 28 years and is still going strong at 102 years old.