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Work is getting underway soon on a scheme to upgrade a bridge on the M27 near Park Gate.
Parts of the bridge at junction 9 will be replaced and a new concrete central reservation barrier will be installed to replace the existing metal barrier.
The first stages of the work starts on Monday (18 February) and is due to be completed by the end of September. It will involve carriageway closures and narrow lanes.
Steve Cobb, Highways Agency Structures Manager said;
“The existing bridge supports and joints have come to the end of their life and need to be replaced to provide safe and reliable journeys for the many drivers that use this junction. While we are upgrading the bridge we will take the opportunity to replace the existing metal central reservation barrier with a concrete one which will minimise disruption caused by doing this at a later stage.”
The first phase of the work is to resurface sections of lane 3 and the hard shoulder; this will involve overnight lane closures and is expected to be complete by mid March.
Once the resurfacing has been completed, there will be narrow lanes and a temporary 50mph speed limit. This has been planned to be carried out after separate work to improve the eastbound carriageway of the M27 between junctions 4 and junction 5 which is taking place earlier in March.
To set up and remove the narrow lanes there will be overnight closures of both carriageways between junctions 8 and 10, including the slip roads at junction 9. The roundabout and slip roads will be closed to replace the joints.
Click here to find out more about the project and keep up to date with how the ongoing works may affect your journey.