Bridge repairs lead to Portsmouth road closure

The northbound approach to Portsbridge roundabout
The northbound approach to Portsbridge roundabout

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DRIVERS are urged to avoid a busy city road overnight during repair works.

Motorists will not be able to leave Portsea Island via Hilsea between 9pm on Wednesday and 5.30am on Thursday.

London Road northbound access to Portsbridge roundabout will be closed while work is carried out to a footbridge.

The bridge has been shut for seven months after it was hit by a lorry. The section over the northbound carriageway is to be removed for repairs.

Traffic will be diverted via Copnor Road, Norway Road, Anchorage Road, Eastern Road and on to the A27 while the work is ongoing, and there will be one lane shut southbound from Portsbridge roundabout.

Northbound bus services will be affected and there will be no access to the Shell petrol station in Hilsea.

Road access for the emergency services will be maintained where possible.

Chris Dawkins from contractor Colas, said: ‘The bridge was struck some months ago causing severe damage to the horizontal beams and bending the deck plates, the section that pedestrians walk on.’

Works could be postponed until Thursday if there is bad weather.