Road repairs the priority during break in weather
Road repairs throughout the Western Plains and Central West are being prioritised during the current break in weather to ensure motorist safety.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said Transport for NSW crews would be out on the ground while the weather was clear to repair potholes and damaged roads ahead of further rain.
“My priority is to ensure everyone travels safely on our road network, which is why I’ve asked Transport to have crews out straight away to fill potholes while we have dry road surfaces,” Mr Farraway said.
“The recent wet weather and floods has caused damage to our network so we’re going to make sure we take every opportunity to pull resources together to ensure we fill potholes as a priority.
“This is a problem right across the state with repeated bouts of extended rainfall.
Since the February floods we have repaired more than 135,000 potholes on state roads across regional NSW alone.”
Lachlan Valley Way is now closed in both directions between Forbes and Cowra, due to flooding. Motorists can divert via the Newell Highway and Mid Western Highway in both directions.
The Escort Way is closed in both directions between Forbes and Eugowra.
Castlereagh Highway has reopened between Capertee and Ben Bullen following a landslip near Pearsons Lookout on late Saturday night. Stop/ slow traffic control is in place allowing motorists to pass the site one direction at a time, however the road will close again on Thursday 13 October between 7am and 3pm, weather permitting. During this time, recovery of a fallen high voltage power pole will be carried out by Essential Energy.
In the state's North West:
- Oxley Highway is closed to light vehicles in both directions between Warren and Collie (west of Gilgandra) due to flooding.
- Castlereagh Highway is also to light vehicles about 15 kilometres south of The Kamilaroi Highway is closed between Bourke and Walgett.
- The Silver City Highway is closed between Tibooburra and the Queensland border.
Motorists who need to travel in flood-affected areas are advised to take extra care, and never drive through floodwaters.
In addition to state managed roads, some local roads managed by councils may also be affected.
For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW app. For information about local council roads, use the "council supplied information" tab or check with local councils.