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Traffic to stop for Murra Warra Wind Farm superload

A 320 tonne superload will make its way through the Wimmera on Tuesday.

A 320 tonne superload will make its way through the Wimmera on Tuesday.

A major renewable-energy project underway in the heart of the Wimmera has created a need for special traffic-management plans for its journey.
A 320-tonne, 70-metre-long ‘superload’ transporting a piece of heavy but critical infrastructure for Murra Warra Wind Farm will creep westward along roads and highways on Monday and Tuesday.
Powerful trucks will haul a huge transformer, constructed at Glen Waverley and essential for wind-farm operation, about 11pm on Sunday.
The massive vehicle – 58 metres long, 4.5 metres wide and 5.5 metres high – will be hauled by three trucks in an operation spanning three days to reduce the impact on the road network and alleviate congestion for drivers.

The first leg of the journey will start at 11pm on Sunday February 17 and travel from Glen Waverley to Melton where it will park during the day of Monday.

The second leg of the journey will start at 11pm on Monday where a third block truck will be added to the load making it 68.5 metres long. It will travel along Gisborne-Melton Road, left onto Diggers Rest-Coimadai Road, and then onto the Western Freeway at Bacchus Marsh.

The Western Freeway, from Dicksons Road to Old Melbourne Road, will be closed for approx. one hour between 1am – 4am on Tuesday February 19, as the Superload travels on the opposite side of the road. It will reach Bungaree at around 4am, where it will be parked for the early hours of the morning.

If the Western Freeway is part of your journey during these hours, consider changing the time you start your journey. There will be significant delays of 45 minutes as the Superload travels along the opposite side of the road on the Western Freeway.

The final leg of the journey will start at 7am on Tuesday 19 February, from Bungraee through Ararat and Stawell and arrive in Horsham at approximately 2pm, where it will make its way through the town. People are advised to Keep a safe distance from convoy and consider not travelling through the area between 2pm and 3pm as the Superload passes through town. From Horsham, it will continue on to Murra Warra, arriving at 4pm on Tuesday.

Traffic lights and signage will be moved and replaced by support crews and steel supports placed over existing drains to ensure the convoy has the safest possible journey and doesn’t damage important infrastructure on the way through.

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Posted on Feb 15 2019

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