Motorway bridge work to last four months

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PRELIMINARY work has begun on a project to strengthen bridges over the M27.

The work on the Swanwick Lane, Botley Road and Whiteley Lane bridges, between junctions eight at Hamble and junction 10 at Wickham, includes replacing bearings, resurfacing, and the replacement of road studs.

The main work is scheduled to begin on February 28 and is expected to take four months.

Neil Andrew, Highways Agency route performance manager, said: ‘This maintenance work will prolong the life of the bridges and reduce the need for emergency repair work in the future.

‘The work has been carefully planned to keep disruption to road users to a minimum.’

The westbound hard shoulder under Swanwick Lane bridge is closed until the end of the scheme.

From Monday, temporary traffic lights will be installed on each bridge and the hard shoulder will be closed in both directions close to each bridge.

Some overnight lane closures on the M27 will also be required.