The M27 east and westbound carriageways will be closed between junctions 3 and 5 from 10pm on Friday 28 June through to 5am on Monday 1 July. Signed diversions will be in place via Southampton, Chilworth, North Baddesley and Romsey.
Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council said: “Now the diversion routes are confirmed, Hampshire County Council is putting plans in place to make sure County Council staff and our partners can continue to deliver essential services to residents. We are expecting significant disruption during this weekend closure as normal motorway traffic will be using local roads, so we will be suspending all our planned roadworks on the diversion routes. I would urge people to check the local traffic and travel information before they set off, and for residents and businesses in the area to be aware that there will be extra traffic on local roads.”
The A3057 Romsey Road will remain open to vehicles and pedestrian traffic during the works. Highways England are replacing the A3057 Romsey Road bridge over the M27 as the bridge is coming to the final stages of its useful life. This is the second of three stages of work Highways England is carrying out to replace the bridge.
Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Transport & Place at Southampton City Council, said: “We will be doing what we can in Southampton to minimise the impact of the Highways England closure of the M27 and to warn people of disruption. There will be no roadworks on the diversion route.
“There will also be five cruise ships docked in Southampton on Saturday and as such we expect significant delays to journey times in and around the city so please do plan ahead. If you’re travelling to or around Southampton over that weekend make sure you allow extra time for your journey and consider public transport, walking or cycling where possible.”
Further information is available on Highways England’s web page
For updates, residents are advised to sign up to Highways England email alerts and follow @HighwaysSEast on Twitter.
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Fully signed diversion routes will be in place throughout the weekend, with separate routes for heavy vehicles.