This day 81 years ago, the first cars zipped across the George Washington Bridge. When the suspension bridge opened on October 25, 1931, it was the longest in the world, until the Golden Gate snatched the title away in 1937. Designed by Othmar H. Ammann, the bridge originally had a single deck with six lanes of traffic, but as America's love of cars grew, so did the bridge. Two more lanes were added in 1946, and in 1959, construction began on the lower deck, which opened with six lanes of traffic in 1962. Today, the bridge holds the distinction of being the only 14-lane suspension bridge in the world. Apparently, it also is home to the world's largest free-flying flag. Who knew? If you're one of the 280,000 cars to traverse the bridge today, don't forget to wish it a happy birthday.
· George Washington Bridge [PANYNJ]