TRUCK STOP: Garry Hardy of Ballina Removals isn’t going anywhere near Sydney for a few days. He was stopped at Woodburn because the Pacific Hwy was closed to Grafton.
TRUCK STOP: Garry Hardy of Ballina Removals isn’t going anywhere near Sydney for a few days. He was stopped at Woodburn because the Pacific Hwy was closed to Grafton. Samantha Elley

Peace hits highway town

YOU could be forgiven for thinking Woodburn had turned into something of a ghost town.

Normally buzzing with traffic travelling between Sydney and Brisbane, with the Pacific Hwy closed between Ballina and Grafton the riverside town has been unusually quiet with only local traffic to keep it company.

Garry Hardy, a driver for Ballina Removals had to turn his B-double around at Woodburn because of flooding further south near Grafton.

"With all the roads closed I can't travel north and I can't go west," he said.

"The truck is empty at the moment but I was hoping to get a load in Sydney."

With road closures on the Bruxner Hwy and Summerland Way Mr Hardy can't even go inland.

"I could drive down the road and sit there for a few days," he said.

"But I live in Ballina so I may as well go home and read a good book."

Mr Hardy said while his truck was empty and he wasn't travelling and delivering goods the company would be losing money.

As we went to press, according to the website livetraffic.com, there was no time set for when the highway would re-open for traffic on the east coast's main arterial road.



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