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:  ¬£19 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Improvement Scheme
End date:  January 2020
Programme:  

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Progress report

The M27 between junction 3 (for Southampton City Centre) and junction 4 (for the M3) will be closed from Friday night 28 June 2019 and will reopen on Monday morning 1 July 2019.

The closure is needed to install the new Romsey Road bridge.

For the latest information on this closure, see our planned roadworks feed.

Diversion routes

Westbound traffic

Light vehicles will be diverted via M3 junction 11 down the A3090 through Romsey and down the A36 to M27 junction 2.

Heavy goods vehicles (HGVS) will:

  • be diverted off at M27 junction 5
  • take the A27 to Chilworth Roundabout
  • continue along the A27 through North Baddesley
  • drive down the A3057 and onto the M271
  • rejoin the M27 at junction 3

View the westbound diversion map.

Eastbound traffic

For traffic on the M27 coming from the A31 and heading to London or the M3.

Light vehicles will:

  • be diverted off at M27 junction 2
  • take the A36 and the A3090 through Romsey towards M3 junction 11

HGVs will:

  • be diverted off the M27 at junction 2, then on to Romsey and onto the A27
  • take the A27 through North Baddesley to Chilworth roundabout
  • take the A33 to join the M3 northbound

This route avoids low bridges on the A3090.

Traffic of any type on the M27 coming from the A31 and heading towards M27 east (for example from Bournemouth to Portsmouth) will:

  • be diverted off the M27 at junction 3
  • take the M271 and then the A3057 northbound
  • before Romsey, take the A27 eastbound through North Baddesley and Chilworth Roundabout
  • rejoin the M27 at junction 5

View the eastbound diversion map

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.

What's next?

After we have finished the groundworks, we will begin to construct the columns which will support the bridge deck. The deck is currently being built in a field next to the motorway in readiness for the upcoming weekend closure.

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
Autumn 2019 Demolition of second side of the old bridge
January 2020 Planned completion of the bridge replacement works

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.

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.

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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 M27 eastbound between junctions J8 and J10 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:01 on 10 July 2019 to 06:00 on 29 July 2019.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 4:51 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J7 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 4 July 2019 to 06:00 on 23 July 2019.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 4:19 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 1 February 2020.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 4:18 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound at junction J3 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 1 February 2020.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 4:18 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 09:22 on 8 March 2019 to 17:00 on 1 February 2020.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 4:18 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 1 February 2020.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 3:05 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J5 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:01 on 10 July 2019 to 06:00 on 19 July 2019.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 2:50 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J7 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:07 on 8 July 2019 to 06:00 on 24 July 2019.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 2:50 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J9 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 10 July 2019 to 06:00 on 22 July 2019.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 2:50 pm
Location : The M271 southbound entry slip at junction J1 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 July 2019 to 06:00 on 21 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 1:43 pm
Location : The M271 southbound between junctions J1 and A35 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 July 2019 to 06:00 on 21 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 1:41 pm
Location : The M271 southbound between junctions J1 and A35 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 14:24 on 16 July 2019 to 06:00 on 21 December 2019.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 1:31 pm
Location : The M271 southbound entry slip at junction J1 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 14:28 on 16 July 2019 to 06:00 on 21 December 2019.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 1:28 pm
Location : The M271 southbound between the M27 and junction J1 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 14:17 on 16 July 2019 to 06:00 on 21 December 2019.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 1:17 pm
Location : The A36 northbound between the M27 and the junction with the A27 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 July 2019 to 20 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 July 2019 to 24 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 5:12 am
Location : The A36 northbound between the A3090 and the junction with the A338 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 July 2019 to 20 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 July 2019 to 24 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 5:10 am
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J5 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 July 2019 to 06:00 on 17 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 5:07 am
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J4 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 July 2019 to 06:00 on 23 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 15, 2019, 8:14 pm
Location : The A36 northbound between the A3090 and the junction with the A27 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 July 2019 to 24 July 2019.
Posted: July 15, 2019, 7:19 pm
Location : The A36 southbound between the A27 and the junction with the A3090 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 July 2019 to 24 July 2019.
Posted: July 15, 2019, 7:19 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound entry slip at junction J7 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:37 on 11 July 2019 to 06:00 on 17 July 2019.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J4 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 July 2019 to 06:00 on 24 July 2019.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J4 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 July 2019 to 24 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 July 2019 to 06:00 on 22 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J4 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 July 2019 to 06:00 on 18 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 July 2019 to 06:00 on 23 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M3 westbound between junction J14 and the M27 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 July 2019 to 06:00 on 24 July 2019.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M3 westbound between junction J14 and the M27 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 July 2019 to 06:00 on 18 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M27 westbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 July 2019 to 06:00 on 17 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 July 2019 to 24 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 July 2019 to 06:00 on 19 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 July 2019 to 06:00 on 18 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J7 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 July 2019 to 06:00 on 19 July 2019.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J7 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 July 2019 to 06:00 on 17 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 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 : From 20:00 on 18 July 2019 to 06:00 on 19 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 July 2019 to 06:00 on 23 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J7 and J4 . 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 17 July 2019 to 19 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M3 eastbound between junctions J11 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 July 2019 to 06:00 on 20 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound exit slip at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 July 2019 to 06:00 on 17 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M3 westbound between junction J14 and the M27 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 July 2019 to 24 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J7 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 July 2019 to 06:00 on 23 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M3 westbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 July 2019 to 06:00 on 17 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm

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