Flood repair work underway across New South Wales

Aerial view of flood damage

Recent flooding has impacted many state roads across NSW. While most roads have reopened partially or fully since the flooding event, our crews have been working hard to repair and re-open roads so our regional towns can keep moving. Our focus remains on prioritising the safety of all road users, while effectively assessing damage and carrying out repairs to roads and rail lines, that will keep motorists and freight moving.

Crews remain on the ground all over the state working hard to fix damage to the road network. While work is well underway, it's important to note some roads are much more complex to repair than others due to their location and works will take additional time to complete.

To date, crews have been able to open 28 of the 30 affected roads since the flood event.

Freight operators are encouraged to check the Restricted Access Vehicle interactive map to determine appropriate alternative routes for their combination.

Current state road closures are listed below, with information on damage and safety assessments. This page is updated frequently, but please consult Live Traffic to plan your route on the day of travel.

Information is at 2.00pm 12 May 2021.

Regional Roads

Oxley Highway - Mid-Coast Council

  • The Oxley Highway is closed in both directions between Mt Seaview Road and Gingers Creek Roadhouse (Stockyard Creek rest area)
  • From the east - full vehicle access is available from Wauchope to Mt Seaview Road
  • From the west - full vehicle access is available from Walcha to Gingers Creek Roadhouse (Stockyard Creek rest area)
  • Alternative routes are via the New England Highway, Waterfall Way or Gwydir Highway
  • Work update: Work is continuing to prepare the road to reopen safely between Mt Seaview Road and Gingers Creek, by the end of July, weather permitting.

Waterfall Way - Bellingen Shire Council

  • Waterfall Way is open between Maynards Plains Road, Dorrigo and Boggy Creek Road, Bellingen
  • Work update: Road is open between Dorrigo and Bellingen. On Tuesday afternoon, 4 May the section of road at Newell Falls reopened to two-way traffic.
  • Work will continue to on the other two sections - near Myers Bluff and a section two kilometres west of Bellingen - to restore them to pre-flood condition as soon as possible
  • Transport for NSW and council will continue to monitor the road, which may need to be closed at short notice should more land slips occur due to ongoing wet weather.

Pacific Highway - Eungai Creek

  • One lane closed on northbound carriageway on Pacific Highway about 16 kilometres south of Macksville
  • Work update: Embankment has settled and preparing to undertake temporary works to open the lane. Works expected to take up to 4 weeks.

Bells Line of Road - Blue Mountains City Council

  • Bells Line of Road is open with one section of near the Botanical gardens reduced to single lane.
  • Work update: Specialist teams are planning works required to open this section to two lanes of traffic. Traffic control and reduced speed limit of 40kms an hour still in place.

Jenolan Caves Road - Oberon Council

  • Jenolan Caves Road is now open at Two Mile providing vital access to Caves House. Work continues between carpark 1 and carpark 2 to stabilise the slopes however disruption is minimal.
  • Jenolan Caves Road remains closed between Hampton Road and Duckmaloi Road.
  • Hampton update: Repair work is ongoing and expected to re-open to single lane traffic by the end of May opening up a vital link between Oberon and the Great Western Highway.
  • Five Mile update: Preliminary assessment completed. Significant damage occurred and further investigations required. Extended closure expected, and we’re working to provide more details on the timeframe as soon as possible.

Burley Griffin Way - Wallendbeen to Temora

  • Burley Griffin Way is closed between the Olympic Highway, Wallendbeen, and Milvale Road (Waratah Street), Temora. Detour is via the Olympic Highway and Goldfields Way, which may add an additional 40 minutes travel time to journeys
  • Work update: Damaged rail bridge at Wallendbeen has been removed. Early estimates indicate it could take several months to replace the bridge. Work is underway.

Media releases

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6 May 2021

Two mile re-opening to boost local tourism

6 May 2021

More of the Oxley Highway re-opens to traffic

6 May 2021

Work powers on to restore Waterfall Way

3 May 2021

Sky's the limit - drones key in flood recovery effort

2 May 2021

Road network restoration under way following floods

16 April 2021

Temporary bus boost for flood-affected towns

29 March 2021

Road Freight Keeps on Trucking in NSW through Weather Crisis



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