MCKIL­LOPS BRIDGE

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MCKIL­LOPS Bridge (and, be­fore it was built, the ford across the Snowy) was once an im­por­tant route for cat­tle­men. Just weeks after it was opened in 1934, the bridge was washed away by the Snowy River. The re­place­ment had its deck raised on steel trusses on the re­in­forced con­crete piers.

It’s dif­fi­cult to imag­ine what the im­mense roar and rum­ble must have sounded like as the Snowy River, juiced up by the melt­ing snows of the NSW High Coun­try, swirled and ripped its way down this val­ley each spring.

How­ever, the newer, taller bridge re­mains, hav­ing sur­vived all the sub­se­quent spring-time thaws. The bridge is her­itage-listed due to its so­cial and tech­no­log­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance – the steel trusses’ arc-welded con­struc­tion was high­tech stuff in the 1930s.

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