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Snow day in St. John's!

What is this? The second one this year? Or the third?



Signs around town

Random signs from around St. John's. And if you hear a loud noise, you can go to the nearest assembly station.



seen ... a car in danger of towing

Snow clearing night last night on Bond Street in St. John's. In this case, a happy ending. the owner moved his car before the tow truck arrived.


Crossing crosswalks

seen says you'd think they'd know not to do this in a church/school parking lot in C.B.S.

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Public meeting after public meeting after ...

seen has been at city hall recently and every day there's new sign for a public meeting regarding a development downtown. Tonight is about the old Star of the Sea Hall.


Starting again

seen's Rod Etheridge worked real hard during that cold snap and built up a snow barrier around his concrete basketball court,  and then spent every night and early morning spraying water on it to create a nice winter rink. And this is what he woke up to Wednesday morning when temperatures rose to near-summer levels! With the cold weather coming again tonight ... it's back to the drawing board.

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Field trip to City Hall

It's tax time in St. John's, so for some that means a trip to City Hall.


The calm after the storm

A nice shot taken on the weekend of St. John's harbour.


Snow day!

It's a snow day in St. John's.

The corner of Empire Avenue and Freshwater Rd.

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Meanwhile in Happy Valley-Goose Bay ...

CBC reporter John Gaudi sent in this photo with  this caption: "Here's a picture of a snow drift out in front of my house this morning. It's taller than me..and I'm six feet."

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People at work

City crews were out in St. John's this morning trimming trees.

Grey foggy day

In St. John's, we've gone from icy sidewalks to thick fog. Be careful out there.




In reality, it is (or was) a concrete structure that allows Kenmount Road traffic to flow uninterrupted over Topsail Road into or out of St. John's. But the Overpass has taken on a life of its own by as an icon in the popular culture of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The actual structure was built in 1959, the first overpass in Newfoundand. But it has come to symbolize a dividing line between urban and rural, the haves and the have-nots, townie and bayman. A mythical line in the sand.

And starting this summer the wall came down, part of a $5.6 million makeover.

The overpass is down. The townie/bayman Berlin wall has fallen. To paraphrase Reagan, "Miss Dunderdale, tear down that overpass!" #nl - @markcritch on twitter June 23

It may not be the Berlin Wall, but the dismantling of "The Overpass" has the potential for strengthening relations between St. John's and the rest of the province. The bridge, which has symbolized the divide between the city and the remainder of Newfoundland for decades, was knocked down Thursday morning. It was taken down to make way for a bigger highway into and out of town. - the National Post

Scroll over the image to see pictures taken, starting in May and including June 23 when the wall - Berlin or not - came down.

Ed Lake, was also out on June 23 chronicling the Overpass's end for a book he is writing on its history. Here are some of his photos from that day. Click on them to see the full versions.

1. Jackhammers' first breakthrough at 0728 hours.
2. First light breaks through ceiling - driving surface at 0730 Hours.
3. Full width breakthrough at 0742 hours.
4. Total breakthrough at 0757 hours.
5. Scraping up the remains at 1330 Hours 
(Photos courtesy Ed Lake)

It didn't take long for the old Overpass to come down, and it didn't take long for rebuilding to begin. Here's footage shot in September.

Like one of those seminars where they tear you down and then build you up again, once the Overpass went down, construction workers quickly started the long process of replacing it with a newer, bigger version.

Here's a shot taken earlier this week.

overpassyesterdayframe.jpgThe new overpass will be four lanes wide on Kenmount Road and six lanes on Topsail Road. Transportation Minister Tom Hedderson said the Overpass wasn't being replaced because it was falling down, but because its size wasn't compatible with mushrooming population growth on the Avalon Peninsula.

What does this mean for the Overpass's future as an icon? Many people were already confused about where the Overpass actually was -- mixing it up with the more glamourous Manuel's Access Road at the Trans-Canada Highway.
And if there's more access between urban and rural areas, will the mythical line in the sand wash away?

With the overpass gone in Paradise how will townies know where St John's ends? Will @CBCNL and @StJohnsTelegram know where news ends now? -Twitter

There are signs, literally in some cases, that the Overpass will continue having a life of its own.

The overpass as a political beach ball: Take Danny Dumaresque for example. His reference to the overpass created one of the few controversies to come out of an otherwise low-key 2011 provincial election.

"I would have to say to the mayor of this great city that there are a hell of a lot more priorities outside the overpass that need to be addressed before we start forking more money over to the City of St. John's," - Danny Dumaresque, Liberal candidate - The Isles of Notre Dame.

Invoking the Overpass didn't do Dumaresque much good. He lost.

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References to the Overpass are popular in local marketing. The name has popped up in billboard ads for a Mistaken Point fossil exhibit at the Johnson GeoCentre.

And there's a theatre company called Beyond the Overpass Theatre Company based in Gander. It is currently holding auditions for its 2012 summer season in Corner Brook, Gander and ... St. John's.

And as the picture says, the Overpass is a great way to sell burgers.

It even has its own website where $14 will buy you a piece.

You can see that the engineers already have a good idea of what the new overpass will look like. But there's still might be time to weigh in with design ideas - something a little more grandiose, perhaps.

Scroll over the image to see some of possibilities we've come up with.

And now it's your turn. Download the photo below and save it to your computer. Then, open your favourite photo editing software and turn it into your vision of what the Overpass should look like when it's finished. Send your design to kathryn.king@cbc.ca

instapic.jpgAnd Dave Roe has picked up the gauntlet and sent this in. Something simple, he says.

toll2.jpg "Isn't this how you folks differentiate between city dwellers and those outside the city limits?", says Chris Andrews who sent in this entry in beautiful, snowy, and cold B.C.

Overpass.PNGAnd Aubrey Smith sent this beauty in. Excellent work for a first-time graphic artist. "My very first use of these graphics. It was fun. I spent five years in St. John's at MUN and have great affection for our old capital city. I still vividly recall getting off the train on Water Street in September 1963 after all night on the Newfie Bullet and taking a taxi to my boarding house at Freshwater Road.That was my first visit to St. John's My wife Jacinta and I visit quite often just to take in some event , or vist a site or to shop ,etc."


Colourful construction

Blue, lime green and orange at the construction site for MUN's new residences.


Safety first

This is a picture of the new drop-off zone at Brother Rice Junior High in St. John's. Parents and buses can now drop off students without causing traffic jams and unsafe situations.


Mitten art

seen doesn't move things around to make a better picture, seen only shoots things as they are. These two shots were taken about 10 feet from each other on Bonaventure Avenue in St. John's.


A tale of two sidewalks

A chilly walk to work this morning in St. John's as the temperature dropped well below zero and an even lower wind chill factor threw on a extra layer of fun.

seen came upon one side of Bonaventure Avenue first that hadn't been cleared. Fortunately the other side was cleared, making the pedestrian experience a lot easier.


And here we have images of other , some cleared, some not so cleared.

Elizabeth Avenue

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Snow cleanup

The calm after this morning's snow storm in St. John's.


Out of sight, out of mind?

Not the case on the road to Paddy's Pond near Conception Bay South. seen spotted this mess within a stretch of  few kilometres.

Note the sign and the garbage beneath it. Apparently someone didn't get the message.

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Garbage strewn about.


On the other hand ...

Old Christmas came on time for this tree ...


The 16th day of Christmas ...

... or thereabouts.

Lots of people like to have their decorations down and put away right after January 6, but others like to keep them a little longer.

Here are some examples:



Big winds

Trees on the Long Pond trail blown down by the recent heavy winds.


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A squirrel disappointed that the photographer had no bread


Long Pond freezing over


He's retired ...

But Danny Williams is still chocolate.


Hmmmmm ...

Anyone see any repetition here?


Swiss Chalet

A shot of the Swiss Chalet on Kenmount Road in St. John's undergoing extreme renovation. The restaurant has been closed because of a problem with mice.


Happy New Year!

seen has returned from the holidays with this shot. Great resolution, but considering how much seen photographers have eaten in the past week, maybe it should be exercise first, then chocolate.