Mega move this weekend on regional roads

While most of the state is sleeping this weekend, one of the biggest road movements in New South Wales’ history will be taking place.

After starting its journey late on Friday night, the second of six massive spiral cases for the Snowy 2.0 power station is being transported 442km from Port Kembla to Lobs Hole in the Snowy Mountains.

Spread out over three nights, the drive time for each load is 20 hours with the latest spiral case on track to reach its destination early on Monday morning.

Each spiral case weighs 153t and is more than 13m long, 7.5m wide and almost 3m high.

The total combined size of the truck and load is a huge 63m long, 7.5m wide and 4.4m high, weighing more than 306t.

Two prime movers are needed to pull, and a third to push the load on a 14 axle specifically built trailer.

The road movements will follow Springhill Road, Masters Road, Princess Motorway M1, Picton Road, Hume Highway, Federal Highway, Monaro Highway, Snowy Mountains Highway as primary routes.

The convoy communicated its approach to each roadway to assist with safe passage through the Transport network.

To safely shift the spiral cases through the road network, the prime movers have three police cars and three pilot vehicle escorts, a supervisor ahead to help navigate cornering, bridges and traffic control and a mechanical support vehicle on standby.

Transport for NSW worked with freight company Lampsons, Snowy 2.0 principal contractor Future Generation Joint Venture, and NSW Police who helped facilitate the transfer, to identify a safe window to start moving the spiral cases.

A headcover was transported the weekend of 18 November, with the first spiral case transported over the weekend of 1 December.

The second spiral case is being transported this weekend, following the same route and itinerary. The remaining four cases will be transported in early 2024.

The spiral cases are essential components from Snowy 2.0 electromechanical subcontractor, Voith Hydro, to build pumped hydro units for Snowy Hydro’s underground power station at Lobs Hole.

Transport for NSW’s Development Services, Network Operations, Freight, and Customer Coordination and Service Delivery teams assisted in enabling the moves with some temporary network adjustments put in place to facilitate this massive movement.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Jenny Aitchison said:

“The safe and smooth transportation of these spiral cases is just one part of the freight operation for Snowy Hydro’s Snowy 2.0 project.

“It’s also another example of great team-work between Transport for NSW, NSW Police, the freight industry and the Snowy 2.0 team.

“While most of these spiral cases will be transported at night when there is minimal traffic on the roads, anyone who does see them being moved should slow down and obey all road rules and follow the directions of police and all other road users.”

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Information about the Snowy 2.0 projectlaunch

Route detailsEstimated time
Start at Tom Thumb Road, Port Kembla, NSW Day 1 – 11pm
Turn left onto Springhill Rd 
Turn right onto Masters Rd 
Turn left onto Picton Rd 
Turn left onto Hume Hwy 
Turn to contraflow southbound bridge at Black Bobs Ck 
Turn to continue correct side after Black Bobs Ck 
Arrive truck parking bay, Goulburn, NSW6:30am
Start at Hume Hwy, Goulburn, NSWDay 2 – 9:30pm
Turn left onto Federation Hwy 
Arrive ACT border, Eagle Hawke 
Turn left onto Majura Parkway 
Arrive NSW border, Williamsdale 
Arrive Four Mile, Cooma4:48am
Start at Four Mile, CoomaDay 3 – 9:30pm
Turn right to continue on Snowy Mountains Hwy 
Arrive Rock Forest 
Turn left onto Link Rd 
Finish at Link Rd Turnaround Bay, Lobs Hole, NSW3:14am

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