By Mitchell Clarke
A 100 metre long superload, weighing in at a whopping 640 tonnes, will travel through Officer as part of its journey to Loy Yang.
The complex operation to move the large electrical component will be conducted in stages across three nights to minimise disruptions, leaving Webb Dock in Port Melbourne at 9pm on Monday 1 June.
Upon leaving the port, the mammoth electrical component will travel via a number of metropolitan roads before reaching the Princes Freeway and Princes Highway on Tuesday 2 June.
The entire load measure is longer than two Olympic sizes swimming pools and weighs as much as 130 elephants.
To facilitate such a big move, four prime movers are required, along with a team of specialist engineers.
Traffic management officers and load escorts will travel with the convoy for the entire journey to ensure roads remain safe.
The officers will help to manoeuvre the six metre wide vehicle safely around corners, temporarily remove signage and lights and place steel supports over existing drainage.
Due to the complex nature of the operation, there will be no designated viewing opportunities.
VicRoads is warning the Princes Highway journey will cause the most disruption, with the load expected to take up to nine hours of travel along the route.
Motorists are told there will be limited opportunities for passing and should expect long travel times due to detours.
Delays are likely if you’re travelling between Port Melbourne and Dandenong South after 9pm on Monday 1 June.
Motorists travelling between Dandenong South and the Yarragon Weighbridge Station after 10pm on Tuesday 2 June and between Yarragon and Loy Yang in Traralgon after 10pm on Wednesday 3 June should also expect delays.
The load will be travelling at around 20 kilometres per hour and will be difficult to pass. At times, it’ll be moved to the wrong side of the road, so motorists in both directions will be impacted.
For more information: https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/newsmedia/2020/superload-1-4-june-2020.