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Latest superload movement set for the weekend in Victoria

A superload weighing 600 tonnes set for transit in Western Victoria this weekend will bring disruptions on some roads to accommodate the colossal 100 metre long truck and trailer combination.

Embarking on its journey at the Port of Geelong it will be moved in stages between 6 October and 9 October en route to its destination in Mortlake in the Western district.

The load is made up of a generator and beams.

It must travel at a very slow speed of only 25km/h. 

Crane hire and heavy haulage specialist Lampson has won the contract.

Transit has been scheduled during the night after 11pm to mitigate traffic disruptions.

At 5 metres wide, it will take up two lanes, so cannot be overtaken.

There will be no viewing opportunity given the complexity of the operation according to Vic Roads.

A team of up to 30 will be assisting its safe passage.

This will include a Vic Roads crew who will be present during the whole operation, making sure the road is safe during and after the move.

They crew will also be assisting to get the vehicle safely around corners, temporarily removing signage and lights, placing steel supports over existing drainage and then putting everything back in place once the superload has passed through. 

“At over 100 metres long, this is a complex operation. A Vic Roads crew will escort the superload and temporarily remove signage and lights to ensure it travels safely,” a Department of Transport spokesperson told Prime Mover.

“We ask that drivers, pedestrians and cyclists keep well clear during transit for their safety, and the safety of our crews.”

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