Heavy rain diverts truckies to New England Highway

Heavy rainfall in north-east NSW is again causing impacts to the transport network, with a number of key corridors closed due to flooding.

In a freight branch alert to industry today, Transport for NSW says all freight moving between Sydney and Brisbane will need to use the New England Highway until further notice.

The following is a summary of the significant road impacts:

Pacific Highway – West Ballina

Flooding has closed the Pacific Highway in both directions at West Ballina between Coolgardie Road and Tamarind Drive.

Traffic control is on site. Southbound vehicles are being turned around at Ross Lane. Northbound vehicles are being turned around at Coolgardie Road (this arrangement is under assessment and may be subject to change).

The New England Highway is currently the only freight corridor in operation between Sydney and Brisbane.

Summerland Way – Leeville and Sandy Creek

Flooding has closed the Summerland Way at Leeville between Mongogarie Road and Leeville Pubic School and Sandy Creek Bridge.

Crews are onsite assessing the road and will aim to reopen the road for heavy vehicles as soon as possible.

Gwydir Highway – Gibraltar Range

A land slip has closed the Gwydir Highway in both directions at Gibraltar Range between Coachwood Drive Cangai Bridge Road.

Crews and geotechnical teams are onsite to assess the slope. It is hoped the road can be reopened to at least one lane as soon as possible.

Waterfall Way – Raleigh to Dorrigo

The Waterfall Way is closed at multiple locations between Raleigh and Dorrigo due to localised flooding and the potential for land slips.

Crews are monitoring slopes and the road will remain closed until we are confident it is safe to reopen.

The road will likely remain closed for at least the remainder of the day.

Bangalow Road – Bangalow to Bexhill

Flooding has closed Bangalow Road in both directions between Bangalow and Bexhill.

No estimates at this stage on when it will be reopened.

Bruxner Highway – east of Uralba

Flooding has closed the Bruxner Highway east of Uralba Road.
Access to Lismore from the east is via the Tintenbar interchange.

“Crews are onsite assessing the situation on all affected roads. We will reopen roads when water recedes and the roads can be safely assessed,” added the freight branch.

“We will continue to work closely with local councils to ensure road freight is able to keep moving as safely and efficiently as possible during this weather event.

“On ground information is being feed to in real time so this is the most accurate and up to date information for the freight industry.

Please encourage drivers to take extra care when travelling in these conditions and on unfamiliar routes. Traffic control and emergency crews are out on the roads directing traffic please take extra care near all work crews. Travel safely.”

For the latest traffic information, download the Live Traffic NSW app, visit or call 132 701.

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