MOTORISTS are struggling to get into and out of Portsmouth due to lane closures on the M275.
Portsmouth City council contractors Colas are carrying out essential bridge maintenance to Pounds Access Bridge and Tipner Interchange Bridge North and South.
The southbound carriageway is reduced to two lanes and the northbound carriageway to one lane until 05.30am on Monday.
However the good weather has brought thousands of people into the city for events such as Armed Forces Day and the Keep Rolling Carnival parade.
The parade earlier closed Clarence Parade between Jack Cockerill Way and Serpentine Road.
But because of the work on the motorway, traffic has been brought to a standstill on other routes around the city.
Pressure points include the A3 northbound from Cambridge Road to the Rudmore roundabout. North End and Fratton are very congested.
A colas spokeswoman: ‘The existing temporary 40mph speed restrictions will remain in place throughout the works as a safety precaution for motorists and workforce.
‘Road users are being urged to use the Eastern Road as an alternative route into and out of the city where possible.
‘The work is required in order to replace existing waterproofing on all three bridges which has now reached the end of its life. It will involve stripping the carriageway surface, removing and replacing the existing waterproofing membrane. Work will be carried out day and night in order to complete the works over the two weekends.’
Roger Watson tweeted: ‘Armed Forces Day and the close the motorway outside Portsmouth - bloody ridiculous. It’s taken us over an hour to move a mile at harbour.’
Taxi driver Paul Wing tweeted: ‘Trying to earn a living is a nightmare. [The] council need to be asked serious questions over the road closures.’
Martin Hoare tweeted: ‘A trip from Fratton to Baffins and back to Fratton again has wasted about £10 of fuel.’
And Jay White tweeted: ‘Took us 50 minutes to get from the hover at Southsea to the M275. Madness.’
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