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visionross

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Ross Viaduct
21 July 2016

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On days when the Macquarie River floods, the road south out of Ross is closed, which is OK now, as the access north from Ross onto the Midlands Highway remains open, unless the whole town floods, which does happen from time to time. In days gone by, before the highway bypassed Ross in a great curve, the Midlands Highway would be cut at Ross, unless a way was made to cross the flood plain. A way was built one year, called a viaduct, which allowed the Midlands Highway, running across the Ross Bridge and through Ross to the north, to remain open when the river was in flood. It is tough going to find anything on the viaduct, such as when it was built, or find any photos of it. We know when it was no longer needed, which is the year the Midlands Highway bypassed Ross. The only photo seen to date is that found in the Ross Bridge book by Leslie Greener and Norman Laird published in 1971. We would love to know more about the viaduct, which is a vital extension of the story of the Ross Bridge. Does anyone have, or know of, any photos of the Ross viaduct?

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visionross

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These two photos of the Ross viaduct, copied from two very small family photos, were sent to us by Margaret Schmidt of Launceston. The photo above is looking north and shows the curve of the road approaching the Ross Bridge. The second photo is looking south and shows the ruins of a sandstone barn, which is no longer there. 

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