FLOODING has closed the Pacific Highway in several locations, with traffic heading south out of Ballina being directed on to the Bruxner Highway.
It is creating traffic chaos in the normally quiet village of Alstonville, which was this morning queued up with cars.
Traffic is then being sent through Lismore and on to Casino to travel south on the Summerland Way. The Summerland Way is closed northbound between Grevillia and the Queensland border.
Both lanes of the Pacific Highway are closed at Ulmarra, with floodwaters over the road, and the northbound lane of the highway at the Mororo Bridge, north of Chatsworth, is also closed.
The Pacific Highway is also closed at Halfway Creek, about 25km from Grafton towards Coffs Harbour. The Orara Way between Grafton and Coffs Harbour is also closed.
The RTA says drivers should avoid the area, and that no suitable diversions are available.
All vehicles, including B-doubles are being diverted via Centenary Drive near Grafton.
The RTA is continuing to monitor the situation, and says further closures could be necessary.
“Due to the adverse weather conditions and localised flooding in the northern region of NSW, motorists are advised to avoid all non-essential travel,” an RTA spokesperson said.
It is not known when the Pacific Highway will be reopened.
For more information visit www.livetrafficnsw.com.au or contact the RTA’s traffic information line on 132 701.