There are few alternatives for riders travelling through north-east New South Wales at the moment with three major highways virtually off the list. Before Christmas 2017, the speed limit on the mountain section of the Oxley Highway tumbled 20km/h. Riders have been avoiding the road ever since. Gwydir Highway Now the Gwydir Highway has been hit by yet another series of rock falls. Gwydir Highway The Roads and Maritime Services has advised the road will face closures about 67km west of Grafton from next week for about two months. Work will involve removing loose material along the slope, rock bolting and installing mesh to prevent rock falls. There will be speed restrictions and traffic reduced to one lane 24 hours a day. Pacific Highway roadworks The RMS also advises there will be major delays for several months on 155km of the Pacific Highway from Woolgoolga to Ballina to replace 170 bridges. It’s a boring stretch of highway that most riders try to avoid, however one of the alternatives is the Gwydir, which is also out of action. Instead, riders should try the boring and bumpy Summerland Way from Grafton north to Casino and on to Kyogle, then Queensland. However, they may have to take the long through Woodenbong, rather the Lions Rd which has a dirt detour. Click here to read more about the Lions Rd. The Lions Rd The roadworks will make it interesting for Queensland riders heading south to Phillip Island to see Troy Corser in the Australian Superbikes in the opening round of the World Superbikes. Click here for more details. Highways closed For more NSW road updates and highway closures, click on the RMS website, use the Live Traffic NSW App or call 132 701.