TRAFFIC is being diverted around an oil spill on the eastbound A27.
At around 11am today an oil drum came off the back of a heavy goods vehicle and was struck by a Toyota Yaris.
This caused oil to spill out mainly onto the left-hand lane of the three lane A27 heading eastbound.
The road is currently closed at its junction with Eastern Road while the oil spill, which occurred between the two slip roads, is cleared up.
Traffic is being diverted down onto the Eastern Road roundabout and back onto the A27 to avoid the spill.
This is causing delays of around 50 minutes and is also affecting traffic on the M27 and M275 motorways.
A spokeswoman for the Highways agency said they are working to clear the affected stretch of road, but that around 100m of the left hand lane will now have to be resurfaced.
This will take place at around 8pm and once it is completed the road will be able to fully reopen.
In the meantime the Highways Agency is working to clear the spill in the hope of reopening the right hand lane as soon as possible.
Police said no one was injured in the incident.