Plans to replace a 1970’s bridge between Romsey and Southampton over the M27 go on show this weekend.
Drivers, business owners and local residents are invited to find out more about the plans, which will replace the bridge which carries the A3057 over the M27 between junctions 3 and 4.
The existing bridge – built in 1974 – is actually formed of two bridges side by side and is used by over 12,000 vehicles each day travelling between Nursling and Upton. The condition of the bridge has been monitored, and due to over 40 years of wear and tear, the existing bridges are nearing the end of their life.
The bridge will be replaced in stages, to keep delays to a minimum. The west bridge, which carries traffic northbound A3057, will be demolished first over a weekend in July. The east bridge will then carry the A3057 in both directions using temporary traffic lights while the new bridge is built alongside it. In January 2019 the deck of the new bridge will be lifted into place and work will take place to get it ready for traffic. The east bridge will then be demolished in July 2019, before the new bridge is fully open to two way traffic in August 2019.
Both the M27 and A3057 running across the bridge will remain open throughout the work, except for three key weekends when demolition or lifting work is happening.
Highways England project manager Merwin Mann said:
“The existing bridge is in need of replacement and this is what we’ll be doing over the next 18 months. We will replace the bridge in stages – each section will be built in the site compound nearby and lifted into place. By doing this it will reduce the number of road closures needed to install the new bridge. Installation will be done during three weekend closures of both the A3057 and the M27, the first one being in July this year, and we will publicise these well in advance and diversion routes will be well signposted.
“We are holding two public information events at Nursling and Rownhams Village Hall on Friday and Saturday this week so people can come and speak to the project team about the plans.”
Public information events will be held at Nursling and Rownhams Village Hall on Friday 16 February 2018 (2pm to 7pm) and on Saturday 17 February 2018 (10am to 2pm), to where people can find out more about the plans and put any questions directly to the project team.
The public information events will take place as follows:
Friday 16 February, 2pm – 7pm
Saturday 17 February, 10am – 4pm
Nursling and Rownhams Village Hall, Joe Bigwood Close, Nursling, Southampton, SO16 0YL
Work is scheduled to start in March 2018, with the new bridge being fully open by late summer in 2019. Structural monitoring equipment is in place to provide early warning of any further
Anyone interested in the scheme can visit the project page on the Highways England website: http://roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/m27-romsey-road-bridge-replacement-scheme/