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A FOOTBRIDGE across a motorway is to be replaced.

The Bude Close footbridge, which links Falmouth Road and Hillsley Road in Paulsgrove, Portsmouth – between junctions 11 and 12 of the M27 – will have its concrete bridge deck replaced with a new steel one.

Work starts this Monday and is expected to take eight weeks to complete.

Steve Cobb, Highways Agency structures manager said: ‘The Bude Close footbridge provides a useful link over the motorway for people living and working in Paulsgrove.

‘The existing concrete bridge deck has reached the end of its serviceable life, so we are replacing it with a new steel footbridge that will last for decades to come.

‘We have planned the work carefully to keep delays to a minimum for road users and local people alike.’

The work will require temporary lane restrictions on the M27 between junctions 11 and 12, with the eastbound hard shoulder closed and lane one of the westbound carriageway.

There will be three overnight full motorway closures as the bridge is replaced. The footbridge will be closed throughout, with pedestrians able to use alternative crossings nearby.