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

Our first weekend closure was very successful. We demolished one of the bridges that form the Romsey Road bridge and managed to reopen the A3057 (Romsey Road) and the M27 sixteen hours early.

The old demolished bridge has been fully recycled in the following ways:

  • the metal that was integral to the strength of the bridge has been sent to a specialist recycling firm and used elsewhere
  • the concrete that formed the bridge along with the concrete piers that held the bridge up have been recycled on site and are forming the footings of the new bridge

We have been working in collaboration with Hampshire County Council to preserve as many trees on the north west corner of the new alignment of the bridge. Our work has proven very successful and has led to the protection of over 50 trees and only the removal of two self-seeding trees with very small diameters.

Unfortunately, the bridge installation weekend closure has had to be changed. This alteration in the programme is due to unforeseen ground conditions. The next weekend closure of the M27 will now occur between Friday 28 June 2019 and Sunday 30 June 2019, please check the Roadworks tab below for full details nearer to the time. Unlike the first closure, the A3057 (Romsey Road) will remain open to vehicles and pedestrian traffic.

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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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 westbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 22 May 2019 to 23 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 28 May 2019 to 31 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 3 June 2019 to 7 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 10 June 2019 to 14 June 2019.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 12:25 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: May 20, 2019, 8:03 am
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: May 20, 2019, 8:03 am
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 25 May 2019.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 8:01 am
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: May 20, 2019, 7:21 am
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J9 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:03 on 17 May 2019 to 06:00 on 31 May 2019.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 6:17 am
Location : The M27 westbound entry slip at junction J5 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:42 on 7 May 2019 to 06:00 on 30 May 2019.
Posted: May 18, 2019, 3:34 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 23 May 2019 to 25 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 May 2019 to 31 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 18, 2019, 5:02 am
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 23 May 2019 to 25 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 May 2019 to 31 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 18, 2019, 5:02 am
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 23 May 2019 to 25 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 May 2019 to 31 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 18, 2019, 5:02 am
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: May 17, 2019, 5:02 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J5 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 May 2019 to 06:00 on 31 May 2019.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J3 and 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 20 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 May 2019 to 1 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 June 2019 to 5 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 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 20 May 2019 to 22 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 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 20 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J7 and J5 . 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 20 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 May 2019 to 06:00 on 21 May 2019.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M27 westbound at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 May 2019 to 06:00 on 23 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J7 and 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 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 May 2019 to 1 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 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 : From 20:00 on 22 May 2019 to 06:00 on 23 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J7 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 May 2019 to 06:00 on 24 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 May 2019 to 23 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 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 : From 20:00 on 22 May 2019 to 06:00 on 23 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M27 westbound 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 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 May 2019 to 1 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 May 2019 to 06:00 on 21 May 2019.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 May 2019 to 06:00 on 21 May 2019.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 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 20 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 May 2019 to 1 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 June 2019 to 5 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M27 westbound at junction J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 May 2019 to 06:00 on 21 May 2019.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The A31 eastbound between the junctions with the A338 North and the M27 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 May 2019 to 06:00 on 24 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 May 2019 to 06:00 on 21 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J5 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 May 2019 to 06:00 on 24 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 May 2019 to 06:00 on 23 May 2019.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J7 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 May 2019 to 06:00 on 1 June 2019.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M27 eastbound between junctions J2 and J3 . 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 21 May 2019 to 23 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M3 eastbound between the M27 eastbound and junction J13 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 20 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 May 2019 to 1 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 June 2019 to 5 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm

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