VicRoads Acting Director of Heavy Vehicle Services Marc Paglia says there is a big job ahead for the convoy.
“This is a complex and dynamic operation that has been months in the planning. We’ll be monitoring this convoy every step of the way to ensure the smoothest possible journey and the safest possible road network,”
"We will have a convoy crew across the journey, preparing roads and structures ahead of time and assessing the area once it has passed.”
The first leg of the operation will start at 11pm on Monday 7 January and travel from Port of Geelong, along St Georges Road, Cox Road, onto Geelong Ring Road and then along Princes Highway to Winchelsea, where it will park during the day of Tuesday 8 January.
The second leg of operation will start at 11pm on Tuesday 8 January and travel along Princes Highway from Winchelsea, turn right into Colac-Ballarat Road, travel to Beeac and reach and park at Swan Marsh at 5am Wednesday 9 January.
The final leg of the journey will start at 11pm on Wednesday 9 January from Swan Marsh, and travel along Princes Highway, along Stoneyford Road, Camperdown-Lismore Road, coming right through Camperdown before continuing on and reaching Haunted Gully by 5am on Thursday 10 January.
The average travel speed of the convoy is approximately 15-20 kilometres an hour.
If you need to travel in south west Victoria on these nights, using the Hamilton Highway is recommended or planning ahead by allowing 30-45 minutes additional travel time as traffic will not be able to pass the superload.