A SECTION of the M27 is set to be closed at the end of this month as part of a multi-million pound bridge replacement scheme.
Work to replace the Romsey Road Bridge will see the closure of the M27 between junction three and five from 10pm on June 28 to 5am on July 1.
It comes after the motorway was closed for 24 hours between Junction 9 and 11 at the weekend for bridge demolition work.
As reported, the work is part of a £19m scheme to knock down and replace the Romsey Road Bridge which carries the A3057 over the M27 between Upton and Nursling.
The motorway was set to be closed at the end of April but the closure was cancelled due to ‘unforeseen ground conditions’.
At the time highway bosses said the M27 will instead close to traffic from late Friday June 28 to early Sunday June 30.
Now a spokesman for Highways England said: ‘We’re still planning for a closure the weekend of 28 June. There is always a little uncertainty over closures such as these due to weather other unplanned circumstances.
‘The closure is 10pm Friday until 5am Monday morning, although we are hopeful of opening early if we can.We are also discussing alternative diversion routes with stakeholders, so these could be different from the last closure in September last year. We will disclose more details when we can.’
This comes after the M27 was closed from junction three to five at the end of September last year to allow for the first side of the bridge to be demolished.
‘But at the time highway bosses were urged to re-think diversion routes after many areas were brought to a standstill and HGVs faced a 58-mile diversion.
Unlike the first closure, the A3057 is expected to remain open to vehicles and pedestrian traffic at the end of June.
Meanhwile, the weight restriction of 26 tonne on the Romsey Road Bridge between Romsey Golf Club and Paulette Lacave Avenue will continue to be in place until the new bridge is opened.
As previously reproted, the replacement bridge will have a lifespan of 120 years.
Another closure of the M27 between junction three and five is expected between October 18 and 21.