Monday, December 7, 2009

At Last

Eye on St. Louis. Yesterday afternoon the Missouri Department of Transportation held a ceremony to reopen the second and last segment of I 65 - US 40, which had been closed for complete rebuilding. The highway is the main east - west corridor through St. Louis City and County. The highway was the oldest in the area and in great need of improvement. For two years, the state closed first the western and then the eastern half. It caused great increases in travel times and hurt business along the route. Now it's done, and three weeks ahead of schedule. I have to drive between downtown and the western suburbs frequently for work. I am sooo glad this is over.

Of course, many local dignitaries attended the event. Those pictured below, starting from the upper left, are Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, U.S. Representatives Lacey Clay and Russ Carnahan, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.

There were lots of interesting people in the crowd, enough to feel the blog for days. Stay tuned.


Olivier said...

une belle paire de ciseaux ;). j'aime bien le gros plan sur le cameraman
a nice pair of scissors ;). I like the closeup on the cameraman

brattcat said...

That's a fabulous portrait of the cameraman! Hope this shortens your commute.

Virginia said...

Love the stalwart cameraman! Probably the only person in the crowd with a lens bigger than yours B.
Looks like it was cold. Bet all those politicians warmed the air!!!

Virginia said...

Hey look! Olivier has a new profile pic. cool!

Karen Goodman said...

I got some great shots for my Flickr account too. My favorite show was a 15ish yr old couple walking arm in arm. Him on a skateboard, carrying her board for her, and still a few inches shorter than her.

My immediate reaction to this post (after scrolling past your amazing shot of the cameraman) was that this post really points out how St. Louis is an old boys club. Not a single female face at the podium.

Stefan Jansson said...

That's a big pair of scissors.

Three Rivers, Michigan said...

Love the portrait of the cameraman and his massive camera. And all the politicians -- too bad you couldn't get them all in exactly the same pose standing at the same podium :-)

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PJ said...

Maybe it's because of the hurricanes, maybe it's because I get to live life on the edge when the roadwork causes hazards well below Federal standards, but I love me some Interstate 10. One of my dream projects is to photograph all of the really cool aesthetics they've built in (really). So, who made the most money of your I-40 public works project, B?

Nathalie said...

I love the small pair of scissors next to the large one with the holder ready to cut at the same time the large scissors will go down !

Thanks for your visit in Avignon and kind comments :-)