DRIVERS are being urged to avoid the A27 near Portsmouth tonight while road is resurfaced following an oil spillage.
A section of the major road near the junction with Eastern Road is to be closed after an oil drum came off the back of a heavy goods vehicle and was struck by a Toyota Yaris at 11am.
This caused oil to spill out mainly onto the inside lane of the three-lane A27 heading eastbound.
Police said there were no injuries in the incident which have caused delays up to an hour coming out of Portsmouth and led to tailbacks all the way up to junction nine for Whiteley on the M27 motorway earlier this afternoon.
The Highways Agency is resurfacing the stretch of road and traffic will again be diverted down onto the Eastern Road roundabout and back onto the A27 to avoid the spillage area.
The incident caused traffic to build up on the M27 and on the M275 back into Portsmouth. The middle and inside lanes of the A27 were reopened temporarily at 5pm to ease the gridlock during the afternoon rush-hour.
These lanes are now due to close for the night so resurfacing work can be completed.
A Highways Agency spokesman said: ‘We will be closing the road off imminently to get the main surface relaid. We hope to get the road fully open again as soon as possible.’
He advised drivers to find alternative routes out of Portsmouth while the work is ongoing.