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Slow Christmas crawl on the Pacific Hwy has begun

Motorists heading north on the Pacific Hwy are facing a long traffic queue as they approach Macksville.
Motorists heading north on the Pacific Hwy are facing a long traffic queue as they approach Macksville. Trevor Veale

2.30pm: THE length of the queue south of Macksville is finally starting to shrink.

Transport for NSW has reported the traffic queue is down to 'only' 7km long for northbound motorists.

1.20pm: IT'S a very slow drive from Warrell Creek to Macksville.

A trip that should take little more than five minutes is now taking upwards of 40 minutes as a queue of traffic 8.6km long is affecting northbound traffic on the Pacific Hwy.

11.45am: IN just a little more than an hour the length of the northbound traffic queue at approaching Macksville has more than tripled.

The latest reports have the queue at 5.6km long with a delay of about 20-25 minutes as motorists crawl past Scotts Head turnoff and warrell Creek bridge.

There is also heavy traffic northbound on the Pacific Hwy through Coffs Harbour.

Heavy holiday traffic is expected to increase throughout the week - motorists are advised to plan their trip in advance, allow plenty of additional travel time and drive to the conditions.

10.30am: IT'S already started and it's a good bet the traffic crawl on the Pacific Hwy will be worse tomorrow and on Boxing Day.

Transport for NSW has reported a traffic queue more than a mile long for northbound motorists at Macksville.

At this stage the queue is causing an estimated delay of around five minutes.

Over the upcoming Christmas period there's no doubt motorists will have the time to yearn for the completion of the Warrell Creek to Nambucca upgrade of the Pacific Hwy.

The first sod on the project was only turned last week and isn't expected to be complete until late 2017. 

Topics:  macksville pacific highway



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