An Expressway Overpass

Yesterday my family and I decided to go out for a little and visit the harbourfront. This summer the street cars are not running in that area because they are changing the tracks so instead of waiting for the bus, we decided to walk to our destination.

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An overpass of the Gardiner Expressway. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

On our way, we walked under the overpass of the Gardiner Expressway. I looked up and noticed that the underneath of the highway was not looking good.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Underneath the overpass for the Gardiner Expressway. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I could see why the city had begun a maintenance programme on this road. The question I ask myself is why it had not been maintained on an ongoing basis.

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Close-up of the Gardiner Expressway. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

A close look shows not only the rust of the steel but spots where chunks of concrete have fallen off.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

As we walked underneath my thought was that it is an ugly piece of the city and that I would not want a piece of that bridge to fall on top of me!

Do you ever walk underneath expressways/highways?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post was inspired by Paula’s Black & White Sundays)

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50 thoughts on “An Expressway Overpass

    1. If you look carefully at the third one you will see that chunks of concrete have fallen off and you can see the wiring underneath. I have posted a colour photo for you so you can see it clearly.

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  1. I avoid the Gardiner Expressway whenever possible. Lakeshore, however ends up under the Gardiner for good chunks of my drive and when I look up I hope I’m not the one car that gets dinged by falling concrete.

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      1. In your mind divide the picture in thirds (down lines and horizontal lines) Try to put your focus point in one of these lines. You never put your focus point in the middle of your photo. Take your horizon for instance – when you focus and put it on the lower third you have more sky and then maybe in the same photo a tree – put or take photo with it on your left hand vertical third line . This will help to pull your eye up and into the photo.

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      2. Hope this helps! You can also focus on your object, push in your shutter button halfway, move your camera to put your focus point on the right or left hand third line . Then press the button down and your focus is still on the focus point but you moved it to the one side in your picture. You’ll see that your photo is going to have much more depth

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  2. Looks like the state of things here as well Colline. I wonder what’s their excuse for not keeping structures like that in a good condition. This side it’s ‘money’ .. because all the money from the taxpayers are going into their pockets. Great shots and post. Love the B&W. 😀

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      1. Seems it’s a problem all over now Colline. Yeah, and those millions I suppose are coming from the tax payer’s pockets again. 😦

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  3. That is very scary. Hope they get to work on it soon! Our U.S. roads and bridges are also in a shameful state of disrepair, and our pols are too busy arguing to get anything done about it! Great pics!

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    1. We hope so too – though they will only get to it after the mayoral elections. Ford wants to keep the overpass and spend money fixing it; others want to tear it down. First we need to get through the drama of the campaign and see who becomes mayor.

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    1. That is one of the plans the current mayor would like to see happen. But he needs to get voted back in after the election – we have to see whether people forgive his additions and the behaviour that comes with it.
      PS: Thanks for the following on twitter. I am hoping that by following people on twitter I will have less chance of missing their posts 🙂

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