Friday, March 28, 2008

Niagara Falls, Then and Now: Sand Plant Hill

Below, taken by R. Bobak on Sept.22, 2004: Looking southward, uphill, along the Niagara Falls-bound QEW at the old CN railroad overpass on Sand Plant Hill (between St. Catharines and Niagara Falls, Ontario, near Warner Rd. and the 'Screaming Tunnel') The four-lane QEW was always frighteningly narrow and restrictive at this particular railroad bridge, seen still in use at the left as preparations were being made for the eventual QEW widening and new rail overpass.
Above: view from same spot on Mar.28, 2008. The new bridge allowed room for six-lanes plus shoulders underneath, and a separate pedestrian bridge was also built directly beside it on the Niagara Falls (south) side of the railway bridge
Below: Jun.21, 2007, taken by R. Bobak. Niagara Falls Hilton hotel addition under construction (looking from corner of Murray St. and Stanley Ave. towards the Niagara River) Formerly on this site was a stand-alone Denny's restaurant on the corner of Fallsview Blvd. and Murray St.
Below: same view, Sept.14, 2007 by R. Bobak.
Above: same view; progress as of Mar.28, 2008
Below: Niagara Fallsview Casino under construction in Nov. 2002 (taken by R. Bobak from corner of Fallsview Blvd. and Dixon St.)
Above: same view Mar.28, 2008. Tips of Skylon Tower and the Fallsview hotel tower are visible above parking structure in foreground.
Below: Taken by R. Bobak, Nov. 2002, from corner of Fallsview Blvd. and Dixon St, looking towards Embassy Suites under construction; also Oakes hotel at left side of photo was being expanded.
Above: same view, Mar.28, 2008. Building with white columns (former restaurant seen above on right of photo) is now gone.

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