This Sunday, October 29, two 337.5-tonne superloads will hit the road, travelling from Geelong Port to Golden Plains East Collector.
The superloads are approximately 70 metres long and around 4.6 metres wide. They will be travelling at night to minimise traffic disruptions.
VicRoads classifies a superload as a vehicle and load with a gross vehicle mass of 250 tonnes or greater.
Though these superloads will be able to travel at speeds of up to 60 km/h, they may need to slow to 5km/h when travelling over bridges or around corners.
“It does not take up the entire road and there will be opportunities to pass it under supervision in some locations along the Princes Highway. On Colac-Ballarat Road, traffic will only be able to pass at designated locations in Beeac and Cressy. Heavy vehicles will detour using Corangamite Lake Road, while local traffic can avoid delays by using Warrowie Road,” advised Regional Roads Victoria.
“We will have traffic management officers and load escorts travelling with the superloads for the entire journey, making sure your roads are safe during and after the move. They’ll be helping to manoeuvre the vehicle safely around corners, temporarily removing signage and lights and placing steel supports over existing drainage and then putting everything back in place once the superloads have passed through. “
Roads impacted by the Superload include:
- The Esplanade and Madden Avenue,
- Seabeach Parade,
- St Georges Road,
- Cox Road,
- Geelong Ring Road,
- Geelong Ring Road (Princes Freeway),
- Princes Highway,
- Colac-Ballarat Road,
- Hamilton Highway, and
- Cressy-Shelford Road.