The Subway Overpass

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The Subway overpass sometimes refereed to as “The Rat Hole” is an iconic part of downtown that was once in the middle of Monctons bustling retail center. The corner of Foundry and Main Street was once home to Woolworths, Eatons, Cloggs Diamonds, Zellers, and many¬† more. Businesses and hotels wanted to be close the Subway so they would be visible to train passengers arriving in the city and because of it’s proximity to the train station.

Built in 1915 the Subway overpass was erected to solve the problem of trains stopped at the CNR railway station blocking Main Street resulting in traffic and pedestrians having to pass by going up Lutz street.

After it’s construction the subway overpass¬† sparked a series of new construction to “modernize” the downtown including rebuilding the flat-iron building with a brick facade and the construction of the Subway block. In the last 97 years many trucks have been a victim of the sharp approach and low clearance, colliding into it and shaking the entire block. (And usually making the newspaper).

As much as Moncton has changed in the last century it would be hard to picture downtown without the Subway.

Pink Subway

For a while the Subway was painted Pink and covered with local artwork. Every year main street would close and local artists and students would paint it.


CREDIT: Armand Melanson

 

Construction and early photos


CREDIT: Rich Gould


CREDIT: Armand Melanson


CREDIT: Armand Melanson

 

Busy intersection

CREDIT: Scott Agnew


CREDIT: Rich Gould


CREDIT: Armand Melanson

 

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