MOTORISTS are advised of changed traffic conditions on the Oxley Highway between Toms Creek and 85 kilometres west of Wauchope due to extreme heatwave conditions.
Walcha Council will use water from the Yarrowitch River in water carts to cool the bitumen pavement which is currently melting due to the extreme heat.
Roads and Maritime Services acknowledge water is a scarce resource at this time, however it is required to ensure the safety of motorists and keep the road open.
Council will monitor the road and will use the water cart as required to cool the bitumen for the safety of all road users.
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Roads and Maritime is working with Walcha Council to identify and carry out further work in the coming weeks, taking into account appropriate weather conditions required for this treatment.
Road users are reminded to take care and drive to conditions on all roads in northern and western NSW following extreme weather events.
Speeds in affected areas will be reduced to 60kph with variable message signs indicating the speed change and the affected road surface.
Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions, follow the direction of signs and traffic control.
Roads and Maritime thanks motorists for their patience during this time.
For the latest traffic updates download the Live Traffic NSW App, visit livetraffic.com or call 132-701.