Regional Roads issues "superload" traffic warning

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Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) is warning drivers likely to be using roads between Geelong and Lismore in southwestern Victoria next week (7 to 10 January 2019) of potential traffic disruptions due to a 'superload' travelling through the area.

A 663-tonne transformer is being moved from the Port of Geelong to the Haunted Gully windfarm, near Lismore.

To keep everyone safe and minimise disruption, the transformer will travel very slowly (15-20km/h) and only travel between 11pm – 5am on the nights of Monday 7 January, Tuesday 8 January and Wednesday 9 January.

Lots of preparation has gone into planning the journey and a special convoy will travel with the superload to close roads and remove signs as the transport moves through.

Superload facts:

  • 663 tonnes
  • 115 metres long – longer than an Airbus A380 (which is 73 metres)
  • The superload is 5.12 metres wide – so will take up two lanes of the road to travel
  • 5.5 metres tall
  • It will be moved by four prime movers - with three trucks at the front pulling, and one at the rear pushing the load.

Plan your journey

If you need to travel in south west Victoria on these nights, RRV recommends using the Hamilton Highway or planning ahead by allowing 30-45 minutes additional travel time as traffic will not be able to pass the superload. Drivers who use the Geelong Ring Road, or Princes Highway are particularly advised to seek an alternate route.

Stage 1 – Monday January 7 at 11pm

The superload will leave the Geelong Port at 11:00pm and travel along Cox Road where the public will be able to see it. It will then travel onto Geelong Ring Road and Princes Freeway until 5:00am when it will be parked at Conns Lane, Winchelsea. The community will be able to view the superload while it is parked all day.

Stage 2 – Tuesday January 8 at 11pm

The superload will leave Winchelsea and travel along Princes Hwy and Colac – Ballarat Road, to reach its second parking spot, at Swan Marsh, past Beeac.

Stage 3 – Wednesday January 9 at 11pm

The final stage will see the superload return to the Princes Highway, and then travel along Cobden – Stoneyford Road, and up Camperdown- Lismore Road where it will travel right through the middle of Camperdown - making the superload the biggest thing that has ever come to Camperdown. It will continue on and reach Haunted Gully by 5am on Thursday 10 January.

If you need to travel in south west Victoria on those nights, RRV recommends using the Hamilton Highway or planning ahead by allowing 30-45 minutes additional travel time as traffic will not be able to pass the superload.

Superload route

While the superload will be travelling through the night, there are some places you can view it early in its journey, or during the day:

  • Monday 7 January, 11:30pm - Cox Road Norlane, carparking in Norlane Pool carpark. 
  • Tuesday 8 January, all day, the superload will be parked at Conns Lane near Winchelsea
  • Wednesday 9 January, all day, the superload will be parked at Swan Marsh
  • Thursday 10 January, 1:30am, the superload will travel along Leura St, through Camperdown