Newell closed near Forbes for up to two weeks

Alternative routes are in place for the Newell Highway near Forbes as continuing wet weather makes it too dangerous for vehicles to use

The stretch of the Newell Highway between Forbes and Back Creek has been closed to all vehicles due to flooding.

In a statement released at 4pm on November 2, 2022, Transport for NSW Freight Branch said the closure was due to heavy rain in the area causing further flooding, with rising water levels making it too dangerous to escort heavy vehicles through the area.

“This section is anticipated to be closed for at least two weeks,” the statement said.

“This is contingent on water levels receding and continued monitoring of weather impacts on the network.”

Two weeks would see the road closed until at least November 16.

In terms of alternative routes, Transport for NSW suggested the below.

North-south access for heavy vehicles up to and including B-doubles

Southbound vehicles, including heavy vehicles up to and including 26 metre B-Doubles can travel from Parkes to Manildra, Boree, Orange, Millthorpe, Blayney, Cowra, Young, Wallendbeen, Temora and rejoin the Newell Highway just north of Ardlethan. The same diversion will apply for northbound vehicles.

Alternate route for vehicles over 26 metres

Road trains over 26 metres or over 3.5 metres wide are advised to use the Mitchell Highway from Dubbo to Nyngan, Barrier Highway to Broken Hill, Silver City Highway to Mildura and the Sturt Highway. The same diversion will apply for northbound vehicles.

“The situation is very dynamic, and we will continue to keep you updated as the situation develops,” Transport for NSW says.

Please check Live Traffic before you commence your journey.

For the latest traffic updates, you can call 132 701, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW app.

 

Please contact freight@transport.nsw.gov.au if you require specific access advice and a member of the team will be in touch between Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

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