M27: Here's when motorway will be closed with 60-mile diversion next
Highways England will be carrying out two more closures of the M27 in the coming months as work to replace bridges continues.Â
Last month the motorway was shut between Junction 4 and Junction 5 from Friday, September 28, night until Monday, October 1.Â
The closure brought a 60-mile diversion which sent motorists up to Salisbury if they were heading east on the M27.Â
The motorway will be shut two more times as work continues - here's what you need to know:Â
Why is the M27 being closed?Â
The motorway is being closed in both directions between Junction 3 and Junction 5Â while Highways England replaceÂ two bridges over the carriageway.Â
The current bridges are said to beÂ '˜unable to move as originally designed' and are nearing the end of their lives '“Â with cracks appearing in the concrete beams.
The 40-year-old bridge is nearing the end of its life and is in need of replacement.
The only safe way to do this is to close the motorway while this takes place.
The Romsey Road Bridge is well used and carries tens of thousands of vehicles daily.
The bridge is actually made up of two individual bridges, both will be closed for three full weekends while the existing bridge is demolished and a new one installed. The replacement bridge has a different design and will have a lifespan of 120 years.
When will the M27 be closed?Â
The two future weekend closures will take place as follows:
- 10pm on Friday, April 26, 2019 to 5am Monday,Â April 29, 2019 '“ installation of new bridge
- 10pm on Friday, October 13, 2019, to 5am Monday, October 21, 2019 - demolition of existing east bridge.
During the work, the M27 will be closed in both directions between junctions 3 and 4, and the A3057 Romsey Road over the bridge will also be closed.
When the A3057 reopens on Monday morning, there will be a single lane over the bridge, which will be traffic light controlled.