TI Bridge Marks 75th Anniversary

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A billion dollars worth of commerce travels over the Thousand Islands Bridge every month.

It's something that no one could have predicted in 1938, when the bridge was built. 

"They didn't have the computers and the modeling they have now. there was a little bit of flying by the seat of your pants on this thing," said Robert Horr III, executive director of the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority.

It was 75 years ago this weekend that 30,000 people gathered for the bridge's dedication, including President Franklin Roosevelt and the Canadian prime minister. 

Horr says the span was the marvel of its day.

"It was a huge novelty to have a structure like this in the area. There was nothing like it," he said.

So how has the bridge managed to last so long?

Paint is a big part of the reason. 

Crews slap on 700 gallons a year.

"It's standing up real good. We keep ahead of the rust," said Rob Fichthorn, bridge painter.

On Saturday, TIBA holds an open house to mark the anniversary

"We're going to have a variety of events, illustrating the bridge's history," said Horr.

Could there be another one in another 75 years?

"It can go on as long as people want it to keep going," said Horr.

We should all hope we hold up as well.

Friday, October 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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