February 27, 1950:  Monday morning commuters approaching Charlestown enjoyed a first ride over the new span dedicated on Saturday. The bridge was officially opened one minute after midnight on February 26 with motorists standing by waiting for the green lights to flash. The first car from Chelsea to Boston was driven by Irving Feinberg of Brookline, owner of a scrap rubber business in Chelsea. The first person to drive the lower level from Boston to Chelsea was Fernance, a fisherman from Gloucester. During the first half hour, 1,843 cars passed thought the toll gates.