Motorists on the Atlantic City Expressway might want to wish the toll road a happy 50th anniversary.
The 44-mile road opened on July 31, 1964 when Omero Catan of Tenafly drove his Chevrolet convertible through a ceremonial banner. The expressway saved motorists a slower ride to Atlantic City along the White Horse and Black Horse pikes.
The toll at the Egg Harbor plaza was 75 cents then compared to $3 now. And the speed limit was 70 mph instead of the current 65 mph.
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The Press of Atlantic City reports 1,014,548 vehicles paid $741,668 in tolls on the expressway in 1964. That compares to a peak of nearly 67 million vehicles in 2008. Toll revenue hit a record of $82.2 million in 2009 following an increase.