Whilst in the Victorian High Country we drove to see the historic McKillops Bridge over the Snowy River in the Deddick Valley, Snowy River National Park, near the NSW/Victoria border.
And what a spectacular drive it was.
The road is considered to be one of the most dangerous roads in Australia… it is steep with sheer drops, narrow with tight bends... not one for the faint hearted.
The deck on McKillops Bridge is 255m (836ft) long and was initially built in 1933 but 11 days before its opening a flash flood that exceeded the historical river height washed it away. It was rebuilt 5m higher and officially opened in 1935.
A herd of 700 cattle were used to test the bridge, to approximate the bridge design load and test for movement, as the traditionally used steam rollers and traction engines could not be used due to steep terrain and remote location.
Flash floods still occur along this part of the river despite the construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme and large dams that were built in the mountains to divert water inland.
What an incredible engineering feat - both times.ReplyDelete
Spectacular scenery and an amazing bridge I have no knowledge of.ReplyDelete
A serious, no-nonsense bridge!ReplyDelete
McKillop's Bridge! A wonderful part of East Gippsland. This post has recalled many memories for me.ReplyDelete
It must have been a great, though scary drive sometimes.ReplyDelete
The bridge is fantastic, and the landscape is very nice.ReplyDelete
I like looking at bridges and find these photos so nicwReplyDelete
WOW! That is quite the structure. Now, that road doesn’t look like one I would care drive down.ReplyDelete
Amazing country, the road sounds interesting.ReplyDelete
What an absolute shame the first bridge wasn't high enough - must have devastated those that built it.
Never heard of the bridge.... Pretty cool....ReplyDelete
The achievements of the engineers especially in such remote places never cease to amaze me.ReplyDelete