M27 Romsey Road bridge replacement scheme

The bridge which carried 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 was unable to move as originally designed. Developing cracks have also been observed in most of the pre-stressed concrete beams at their ends. As a result, we have built a replacement bridge and demolished the defective 1974 bridge.

Region:  South East
Start date:  April 2018
Cost:  ¬£19 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Improvement Scheme
End date:  March 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 were cut prior to demolition. We successfully demolished the eastern half of the old bridge during a weekend closure in early February.

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

What's next?

The final stages of our work includes reinstating the motorway crash barriers as well as kerbing, surfacing and landscaping to the new eastern footway.

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 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.

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

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Location : The M3 eastbound between junctions J12 and J11 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Horticultural works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 29 May 2020.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 8:13 am
Location : The M3 eastbound between junctions J12 and J11 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 29 May 2020.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 8:01 am
Location : The M3 eastbound between junctions M27 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 May 2020 to 06:00 on 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 5:06 am
Location : The M271 southbound entry slip at junction J1 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 3 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 8 June 2020 to 13 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 15 June 2020 to 20 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 June 2020 to 27 June 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 5:06 am
Location : The A36 southbound between the A27 and the junction with the A3090 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:01 on 29 May 2020 to 06:00 on 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 5:03 am
Location : The A36 northbound between the A3090 and the junction with the A27 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:01 on 29 May 2020 to 06:00 on 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 5:03 am
Location : The M271 southbound between junctions J1 and A35 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 May 2020 to 06:00 on 29 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 3 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 8 June 2020 to 13 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 15 June 2020 to 20 June 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 29, 2020, 2:42 am
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J8 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:02 on 28 May 2020 to 06:00 on 13 June 2020.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 7:03 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 29 May 2020 to 06:00 on 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 4 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 June 2020 to 13 June 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 6:22 pm
Location : The M27 westbound at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 May 2020 to 06:00 on 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 4 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 June 2020 to 13 June 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 6:22 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 29 May 2020 to 06:00 on 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2020 to 4 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 June 2020 to 13 June 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 6:22 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J8 and J7 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:11 on 1 May 2020 to 06:00 on 1 June 2020.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 4:00 pm
Location : The M271 southbound between junctions J1 and A35 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:21 on 18 May 2020 to 06:00 on 27 June 2020.
Posted: May 28, 2020, 10:29 am
Location : The M271 northbound between junctions A35 and J1 . 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 3 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 27, 2020, 8:12 pm
Location : The M271 northbound between junctions A35 and J1 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 3 June 2020 to 06:00 on 6 June 2020.
Posted: May 27, 2020, 8:12 pm
Location : The M271 northbound at junction J1 . 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 3 June 2020 to 6 June 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 27, 2020, 8:12 pm
Location : The M3 westbound between junction J14 and the M27 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 May 2020 to 06:00 on 25 July 2020.
Posted: May 27, 2020, 11:42 am
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 : From 21:00 on 29 May 2020 to 06:00 on 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 31 May 2020 to 6 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 15 June 2020 to 11 July 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 27, 2020, 11:42 am
Location : The M27 eastbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 May 2020 to 06:00 on 30 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 31 May 2020 to 6 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 15 June 2020 to 11 July 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 13 July 2020 to 18 July 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 26, 2020, 3:10 pm
Location : The M27 westbound between junctions J8 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 31 May 2020 to 06:00 on 1 June 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 26, 2020, 3:10 pm
Location : The M27 westbound at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 31 May 2020 to 06:00 on 1 June 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 26, 2020, 3:10 pm

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