Brick New Ross Road

New Ross Road
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You’ll find brick streets still in daily use in some cities. But you won’t find any brick highways still in daily use.

I’ve not surveyed every highway in the nation. But I feel good about going out on that limb.

When you find a brick highway, it will be bypassed or abandoned.

This brick road near New Ross, Indiana, used to be part of the Dixie Highway. That was a network of roads that connected Chicago and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, with Miami. Later, Indiana routed State Road 34 over this road. At some point, probably after a new alignment of this road was built south of those railroad tracks in the upper left corner of the photo, the road became US 136.

In the photo’s foreground, notice the seam where the bricks’ pattern changes. That’s to facilitate a hard turn the road makes here so it can cross those railroad tracks at a right angle.

Eliminating this crossing is why the new highway was built. Providing access to one farm — see the fence on the right? — is why this road wasn’t abandoned.

A bridge was removed from this alignment, however. That’s why a guardrail blocks the road ahead.

See more photos of this brick road here. Map this brick road here.

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4 responses to “single frame: New Ross Road”

  1. Marc Beebe Avatar

    These brick road segments you feature remind me of a dirt road back in Upstate New York that had one short brick section on a steep segment: the bricks had been laid to stabilize it and prevent frequent wash-outs.
    I wish they’d make some such effort on a certain notorious road here that I have to frequent. Or even just pack the dirt instead of only occasionally grading it!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I guess that’s one way to retard erosion!

  2. EJ Avatar

    I’m surprised that the bricks are in such good shape. Looks like the homeowner maintains the grass and weeds well, but I would have expected more bubbling and loose bricks throughout the years. Did these brick roads really hold up that well?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I can’t tell. It’s possible that lack of traffic over the years have let these bricks stay in this condition. But the brick streets of my hometown are in good condition and get light traffic every day.

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