Would you tell me if it is correct and natural to say it is 450 miles or there are 450 miles in the context below?

The load is going from Texas to New Mexico. It is 450 miles/there are 450 miles.

Would you please explain the logic behind using one or the other?

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    "It is 450 miles" is the idiomatic form. It would not be grammatically wrong to say "There are 45 miles" - but it is not idiomatic.
    – WS2
    Jan 14 at 23:26

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