Superload begins slow journey across Melbourne. This is where and when it will travel

A ‘superload’ is about to start its long, slow journey through Melbourne, with motorists warned they may be impacted by significant traffic delays as it moves.

The name is given to an oversized truck with a permit to carry a mass of 250 tonnes or more, and it takes up to six months of significant planning to prepare for a superload journey.

Watch the video above for another superload in Melbourne in 2019

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The massive 390-tonne, 90m superload is carrying a large electrical transformer and leaves Glen Waverley on Wednesday around 9.30pm, starting its arduous five-day trip to South Australia.

The superload powers along at an average speed of 40km/h to 60km/h and, due to its sheer size, is very difficult to pass.

This superload travelled from Glen Waverley to the Dundonnell Wind Farm in August 2019. Credit: 7NEWSIt takes up to six months of significant planning to prepare for a superload journey. Credit: VicRoads

Drivers have been urged to avoid the superload where possible and follow the directions of traffic controllers, who will be helping to manoeuvre the load around corners and temporarily removing traffic lights.

Planning includes finding the best routes around bridges and structures, avoiding times when events are taking place, and assembling a traffic management team.

A Superload is an oversized truck that has a permit to carry a mass of 250 tonnes or more. Credit: 7NEWS

The superload’s journey to SA

  • Starts journey by leaving Glen Waverley at 9.30pm on Wednesday, July 13.
  • Travels through Wednesday night across metropolitan Melbourne and ends in Yarraville at 5am.
  • Resumes journey on Thursday, July 14, at 11pm and travels from Yarraville to Ballarat, arriving at 6am.
  • The superload will be parked at Ballarat until 6.30am on Saturday, July 16.
  • It will then resume the journey along the Western Highway from Ballarat to Horsham, arriving at 3pm.
  • The final leg of the journey is on Sunday, July 17, from Horsham to Bordertown in South Australia, starting at 6.30am.
  • The superload is expected to arrive at its destination around 3pm on Sunday.

The massive 390-tonne, 90m superload leaves Glen Waverley on Wednesday around 9.30pm, starting its arduous five-day journey to South Australia. Credit: VicRoads

Roads impacted by the superload on Wednesday

  • Springvale Road
  • Ferntree Gully Road
  • Wellington Road
  • Blackburn Road
  • The Princes Highway
  • Westall Road
  • Dingley Bypass
  • Warrigal Road
  • North Road
  • Nepean Highway
  • Carlisle Street
  • The Esplanade
  • Beaconsfield Parade
  • Pickles Street
  • Ingles Street
  • Normanby Road
  • Montague Street
  • Wurundjeri Way
  • Footscray Road
  • Moreland Street
  • Whitehall Street
  • Somerville Road
  • Hyde Street
  • Francis Street
  • Cemetery Road

In August 2019, another superload – 372 tonnes and 82m long – travelled between Glen Waverley and the Dundonnell Wind Farm in western Victoria.

Then in June 2020, another superload that was a huge 100m in length and weighed more than 640 tonnes carried an electrical component from Webb Dock in Port Melbourne to the Loy Yang B Power station.

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