Flooded Pacific Highway has Rose City rumbling with traffic
IT ADDS about 100km more to a trip and burns a whole lot more fuel.
But when the Pacific Hwy between Brisbane and Sydney is cut, the closest alternative is the New England Hwy, which runs through the middle of Warwick.
As the Daily News went to print last night the Pacific Hwy remained shut by floodwater between Kempsey and Clybucca, which means hundreds more trucks are using the alternative route through the Rose City.
Director of Wickham Freight Lines Graham Keogh said the company wasn't greatly affected, but it was an inconvenience.
"It's a lot further for the blokes who are running Brisbane to Sydney," he said.
"Our trucks generally run the New England, so it's not a great inconvenience.
"Although the road is a lot busier," he said.
A spokeswoman for Roads and Maritime Services in NSW said it was unclear when the highway would be reopened.
"Heavy rain forced the closure of many roads," the spokeswoman said.
"There was also evacuation of work sites along the Pacific Hwy.
"Work also stopped at the Kempsey Bypass site with more than 235mm of rain falling over the site since last Thursday."
Mr Keogh said the wet weather had caused project delays, but when the weather improved crews would recover the lost time.