A 663-tonne transformer superload will be transported from the Port of Geelong to Haunted Gully at Lismore this week, according to VicRoads.
The vehicle – 115 metres long, 5.12 metres wide and 5.5 metres high – will be hauled by four prime movers in an operation spanning three nights to reduce the impact on the road network and alleviate congestion for drivers.
Carrying its weighty transformer cargo, the superload will be longer than an A380 Airbus and will be so big that vehicles will not be able to overtake.
VicRoads Acting Director of Heavy Vehicle Services, Marc Paglia, said the sheer weight and size of the transformer meant the average travel speed would be approximately 15-20km/h, taking much longer than a normal journey.
“This is a complex and dynamic operation that has been months in the planning – we’ll be monitoring this convoy every step of the way to ensure the smoothest possible journey and the safest possible road network,” he said.
“We will have a convoy crew across the journey, preparing roads and structures ahead of time and assessing the area once it has passed.”
The first leg of the journey will start at 11pm on Monday 7 January and travel from Port of Geelong, along St Georges Road, Cox Road, onto Geelong Ring Road and then along Princes Highway to Winchelsea, where it will park during the day of Tuesday 8 January.
The second leg of the journey will start at 11pm on Tuesday 8 January and travel along Princes Highway from Winchelsea, turn right into Colac-Ballarat Road travel to Beeac and reach and park at Swan Marsh at 5am Wednesday 9 January.
The final leg of the journey will start at 11pm on Wednesday 9 January from Swan Marsh, and travel along Princes Highway, along Stoneyford Road, Camperdown-Lismore Road, coming right through Camperdown before continuing on and reaching Haunted Gully by 5am on Thursday 10 January.
“We’ve carefully planned and reviewed this route multiple times over several months to balance the best journey for the convoy while reducing disruptions to other drivers,” said Paglia.
Traffic lights and signage will be moved and replaced by support crews and steel supports placed over existing drains to ensure the convoy has the safest possible journey and doesn’t damage important infrastructure on the way through.
“We’ll be escorting this convoy to help ensure a straight forward journey, but it’s important to note drivers may experience delays if they encounter this huge, rolling transport,” said Paglia.