A 320 tonne, 70-metre-long Superload hits Melbourne’s roads on Sunday night as it undertakes the first leg of journey to Murra Warra, north of Horsham.
The transformer, essential to the operation of a windfarm, is due to leave Glen Waverley on Sunday night around 11pm and should arrive at its first rest stop in Melton by 5am Monday 18 February.
Due to the sheer size and weight of the Superload, it will be difficult to pass and delays are likely. The voyage from Glen Waverley to Melton will take longer than the average car trip along the same route, travelling at a speed of 15-20km/h.
We’ll be closing sections of the road along the planned route as the Superload travels through, so plan ahead and allow extra time for travel.
Roads impacted by the Superload on Sunday night include: Springvale Road, Ferntree Gully Road, Blackburn Road, Princes Highway, Westall Road, Dingley Bypass, South Road, The Esplanade, St Kilda Street, Beaconsfield Parade, Ingles Street, Wurundjeri Way, Footscray Road, Somerville Road, M80 Ring Road, Western Freeway and the Melton Highway.
The transformer will then gear up for its next move departing from Melton at 11pm Monday 18 February where it’s expected to arrive in Bungaree at 4am Tuesday 19 February.
It will complete its last leg from Bungaree, on Tuesday 19 February departing at 7am, arriving at Murra Warra by 4pm.
VicRoads crews will be helping move the Superload by assisting it to get safely around corners, temporarily removing signage and lights, ensuring steel supports are placed over existing drainage and then putting everything back in place.
It’ll be all lights green along its path and because of its size we will be closing sections of major roads and freeways as it passes through. So, if you’re travelling during this time, plan ahead and allow more time.
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If you see any hazards on our roads, please report them to the VicRoads Traffic Management Centre on 13 11 70, open 24/7. In an emergency, call Triple Zero.