NSW motorists praised for patience

26 Feb 2012

NSW motorists praised for patience during severe weather

Roads Minister Duncan Gay today thanked the community for their patience on NSW roads during the past week after severe weather was experienced across NSW.

“Following severe storm warnings on Friday from the Bureau of Meteorology and advice from the State Emergency Service, significant resources were immediately dispatched to northern NSW,” Mr Gay said.

“I want to thank motorists for adhering to warnings and being patient while we reopened and closed roads, cleared debris and implemented detour routes.

“RMS crews worked 24/7 through terrible conditions including heavy winds and rain to open and close roads and clear fallen trees to ensure the safety of motorists.

“I also would like to thank the staff in our motor registries, particularly Coffs Harbour, Erina, Toukley and Springwood for their efforts to assist customers despite some temporary registry closures.

“RMS local traffic operations have been working 24/7 coordinating road crews and providing continual updates to motorists via electronic message boards, regular traffic alerts and updates through the Transport Management Centre.

Heavy rain forced the closure of many roads as well as the evacuation of work sites along the Pacific Highway.

“Work on the Tintenbar to Ewingsdale upgrade was temporarily stopped with wind gusts of up to 93km/h and more than 225 mm of rain on site between Wednesday and Friday.

“Work also stopped at the Kempsey Bypass site with more than 235mm of rain falling over the site since Thursday.

“Work has resumed at the Bulahdelah upgrade site after 135mm of rain temporarily stopped work late last week.”

“Once again, wet weather has caused project delays but as soon as the weather improves, crews will work to recover the lost time,” Mr Gay said.

An update on roads impacted by severe weather is below:

  • The Pacific Highway:
    Has reopened between South Grafton and Chatsworth Island on the NSW North Coast, and also between Chatsworth Island and Mororo.
    Remains closed at Chatsworth Island between Chatsworth Road and Watts Lane
    Is closed at South Grafton, with light vehicles able to detour via Clarenza using Centenary Drive. This diversion is not suitable for heavy vehicles
    Remains closed between Kempsey and Clybucca, with only local or essential northbound traffic being allowed in to Kempsey past a control point at Hastings River Drive, Port Macquarie.
  • Motorists wishing to travel between Grafton and Ballina should use Summerland Way and the Bruxner Highway.
  • Yamba Road, Plummers Lane and South West Rocks Road have reopened.
  • The Oxley Highway remains closed between Long Flat and Walcha.
  • A 2.5m width restriction is in place for all vehicles travelling on the Gwydir Highway between Grafton and Glen Innes following a recent landslip at Jackadgery.

Road users are encouraged to delay their travel in these areas and avoid travelling if possible. Motorists are reminded to expect delays and obey all directions provided by traffic controllers.

For more current and statewide information about the status of State and Regional roads, please refer to www.livetraffic.com.au

For regional local road information, please refer to www.myroadinfo.com.au

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