Motorists delayed as floods hit northern NSW

Trucks in northern NSW are being diverted away from key freight routes due to widespread flooding

January 13, 2011

Trucks travelling through northern NSW are being diverted away from key freight routes due to widespread flooding.

The Pacific Highway is one of the main stretches of road to be affected, with police closing it north of Grafton due to rising waters. The highway has just reopened for all traffic travelling south of Grafton.

A detour has been put in place for light traffic on the Summerland Way between Grafton and Casino. Heavy vehicles are no longer required to use the New England and Bruxner highways.

The New England Highway is open north of Glen Innes to the Queensland border but has been closed in both directions in Queensland due to the flooding that has left 75 percent of the state declared a disaster zone.

The Bruxner Highway has been closed between Tenterfield and Casino and between Sunnyside and Tenterfield, while the Gwydir Highway is closed in both directions between Grafton and Glen Innes.

Road closures at Orana Way between Coffs Harbour and the Kamilaroi Highway between Bourke and Brewarrina means there are not diversions in place for traffic in the areas.

B-doubles had to be diverted via Centenary Drive earlier this week when the Pacific Highway was closed south of Grafton.

The highway had to be closed for two hours so cattle could be moved from flood-prone areas.

Motorists are being urged to stay informed of road closures via the Roads and Traffic Authority’s website.

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