THE M27 re-opened ahead of schedule following work on a bridge which caused a 58-mile diversion.
Both carriageways between junction 3 and 4, near Romsey, had been closed for the work and were scheduled to re-open today at 5am. But the motorway was opened at 1pm yesterday.
As previously reported, drivers were asked to avoid the road this weekend with heavy delays expected on local roads.
Highways England had set up a 58-mile diversion for HGVs and another, shorter route for cars.
Andrew Winson, project manager, said: ‘We are pleased to say the demolition of the western part of the Romsey Road bridge was completed ahead of schedule.’