M27 Romsey Road bridge replacement scheme

The bridge which carries the A3057 Romsey Road over the M27 is a concrete overbridge constructed in the 1970s. We've monitored the condition of the bridge and identified issues which mean the bridge is now nearing the end of its life. Due to failings of its bearings, this bridge is unable to move as originally designed. Developing cracks have also been observed in most of the pre-stressed concrete beams at their ends.

Region:  South East
Start date:  April 2018
Cost:  ÂŁ19 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Improvement Scheme
End date:  February 2020
Programme:  

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Progress report

We successfully opened the new bridge to vehicles and pedestrians on 5 December 2019. The bridge is also carrying the new electricity, gas and telephone connections we installed under the footways and the connections on the old bridge have been cut.

For the latest information on road closures, see our planned roadworks feed.

What's next?

We will be removing the redundant electricity cables and gas pipes from the old bridge. We will also prepare for the safe demolition of the old bridge on our third and final weekend closure. This will take place from Friday 31 January to Monday 3 February 2020.

For our final weekend closure, we will be reverting to the diversion routes that were in operation during the first weekend closure in September 2018, when we demolished the western bridge. The eastbound diversion entails a number of different routes, depending on direction and the type of vehicle. For all westbound traffic, coming either from M27 in the Southampton area or on the M3 coming past Basingstoke, the diversion route is likely to use the A303 past Andover to Amesbury, down the A345 into Salisbury and onto the A36 towards the M27 at J2 (Ower).

Please see the maps for the M27 routes below:

Working with our partners, we have selected diversion routes for the westbound which disperse the traffic as much as possible, make the best use of the Highways England network and avoid residential areas wherever possible. Following on from the first weekend closure, we listened to our customers and stakeholders’ feedback who largely felt that this was their preferred approach for demolition weekends. The previously announced weekend closure on 10 to 13 January will no longer take place, due to supply chain issues. We are therefore deferring to the contingency dates we mentioned in our previous update.

The planned weekend closure and contingency have been selected to avoid the Christmas holidays and significant football fixtures.

Romsey Road itself (the A3057) will also be closed across the bridge for safety reasons during the works. This applies to all road users including vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians. A signed diversion will be in place via the Chilworth Roundabout and North Baddesley. Please note Romsey Road will close earlier than the motorway at 9pm on the first evening of works.

View a map of the diversion route.

Timeline

Date Event
Spring 2018 Start of construction works
Summer 2018 Traffic lights placed on Romsey Road bridge, alternate single file traffic
Autumn 2018 Demolition of first side of bridge
Summer 2019 Installation of new bridge
December 2019 New bridge open to traffic
January 2020 Demolition of second side of the old bridge
January 2020 Planned completion of the new bridge

Why we need this scheme

The M27 is a key strategic route which runs between Southampton and Portsmouth in Hampshire. It carries traffic to and from the West Country, along with heavy volumes of freight for the port and passengers for the cruise ships in Southampton.

The M27 is heavily congested at peak times all the way between Southampton (junction 3) and Portsmouth (junction 12). The M27 near Southampton also joins with the M3 which is the only motorway between the south coast and London.

Weight limit restriction

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. This is in place to help prolong the life of the bridge. Signs advising of the weight limit have been installed on routes leading to Romsey Road. We have also put monitoring equipment in place on the bridge and its condition is being continually monitored.

Aims

The aims of this scheme are to:

  • replace the current deteriorating bridge with minimal disruption to road users
  • improve safety for our customers
  • re-establish a key transport link and remove the temporary weight restriction

Environmental impact

Noise surveys will be taking place before and during the work to monitor levels.

Trees with a protection order will be protected throughout the work.

Access across the bridge will be maintained during the scheme except during selected weekends when the existing bridge will be demolished and the new bridge installed. These selected weekends will require temporary closure of the bridge and M27 underneath.

Project media files and documents

Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The M3 eastbound between junctions J12 and J9 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Horticultural works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 24, 2020, 5:33 am
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J7 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 9:03 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J3 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 9:02 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound at junction J5 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 9:02 pm
Location : The A36 northbound between the A3090 and the junction with the A27 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:54 pm
Location : The M3 westbound between junction J14 and the M27 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:53 pm
Location : The M271 northbound exit slip at junction J1 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:36 pm
Location : The M271 southbound exit slip at junction J1 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:36 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J10 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 8:35 pm
Location : The A36 northbound between the A3090 and the junction with the A27 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 19:53 on 23 January 2020 to 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 7:54 pm
Location : The A36 southbound between the A27 and the junction with the A3090 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 24 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 7:53 pm
Location : The M3 westbound exit slip at junction J13 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 19 January 2020 to 06:00 on 2 March 2020.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 7:06 pm
Location : The M3 slip road to the M27 eastbound . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 21:00 on 9 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 6:16 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J10 and J8 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:02 on 20 January 2020 to 06:00 on 24 January 2020.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 4:50 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J5 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 6:00 am
Location : The M3 westbound between junction J14 and the M27 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 22 January 2020 to 06:00 on 1 February 2020.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 8:01 pm
Location : The M3 westbound at junction J11 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 28 January 2020 to 17:00 on 28 January 2020.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 10:13 am
Location : The M3 eastbound between junctions J10 and J9 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 30 January 2020 to 31 January 2020.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 10:13 am
Location : The M3 westbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 29 January 2020 to 30 January 2020.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 10:13 am
Location : The A36 southbound between the junctions with the A27 and the A3090 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 29 January 2020 to 16:00 on 29 January 2020.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 8:13 am
Location : The A36 northbound between the junctions with the A3090 and the A27 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 29 January 2020 to 16:00 on 29 January 2020.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 8:13 am
Location : The M271 southbound between junctions J1 and A35 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 January 2020 to 06:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 3:42 pm
Location : The M271 northbound between junctions J1 and M27 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 January 2020 to 06:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 3:42 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 January 2020 to 06:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 3:42 pm
Location : The M271 southbound between junctions J3 and J1 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 January 2020 to 06:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 3:42 pm
Location : The M27 westbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 January 2020 to 06:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 3:42 pm
Location : The M3 westbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 January 2020 to 06:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 2:32 pm
Location : The M3 westbound exit slip at junction J14 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 21:00 on 9 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 11:33 am
Location : The A36 southbound between the A27 and the junction with the A3090 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 27 January 2020 to 06:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 7:14 pm
Location : The A36 northbound between the A3090 and the junction with the A27 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 27 January 2020 to 06:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 7:14 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J9 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:01 on 13 January 2020 to 06:00 on 28 March 2020.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 7:51 am
Location : The M27 westbound at junction J1 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 30 January 2020 to 06:00 on 31 January 2020.
Posted: January 18, 2020, 6:02 am
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J2 and J1 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 30 January 2020 to 06:00 on 31 January 2020.
Posted: January 18, 2020, 6:02 am
Location : The M27 westbound exit slip at junction J1 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 January 2020 to 06:00 on 18 January 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 January 2020 to 06:00 on 31 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 18, 2020, 1:22 am
Location : The M27 eastbound entry slip at junction J7 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 January 2020 to 06:00 on 28 March 2020.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 2:36 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound entry slip at junction J7 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 2 February 2020 to 8 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 9 February 2020 to 15 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 February 2020 to 22 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 2:36 pm
Location : The M27 westbound at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 February 2020 to 8 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 February 2020 to 15 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 February 2020 to 22 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 2:36 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J12 and J8 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 January 2020 to 05:00 on 15 June 2020.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 2:36 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J12 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 4 February 2020 to 7 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 February 2020 to 15 February 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 15 May 2020 to 05:00 on 18 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 2:36 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 February 2020 to 8 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 February 2020 to 15 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 February 2020 to 22 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 2:36 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J8 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 February 2020 to 8 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 February 2020 to 15 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 February 2020 to 22 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 2:36 pm

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