Nfld. & Labrador

'The Overpass' coming down in St. John's

A structure that has symbolized the divide between St. John's and the rest of the province for many decades is slated to come down Thursday.

Overpass down

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Scenes of the dismantling of the iconic overpass, which is being rebuilt 8:36

A structure that has symbolized the divide between St. John's and the rest of the province for many decades is slated to come down Thursday.

Construction crews will finish the demolition of the overpass that carries Kenmount Road over Topsail Road.

The iconic structure is being removed to make way for a wider highway.

It's the overpass in the commonly used phrase "beyond the overpass" which for many refers to all areas in Newfoundland and Labrador outside of St. John's.

Transportation Minister Tom Hedderson is asking drivers to be patient while the area is receiving a $5.6 million makeover.

"A diversion road will be built and paved, and there will be a traffic light on Topsail Road to control the traffic. Expect delays, but again, that should be completed this fall," Hedderson told CBC News in May.

When the work is finished the Kenmount Road overpass will be four-lanes wide. Topsail Road will have six lanes.

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