Bishopstoke Bridge is closed to traffic today in what is described by Hampshire County Highways Department as an “emergency temporary closure” in order to carry out essential maintenance work.
The B3037 Bishopstoke Road from the junction with Dutton Lane to the junctions of the North and South slip roads with Station Hill and the alternative route is:
Bishopstoke Road / Fair Oak Road / Alan Drayton Way / Fair Oak Road / Eastleigh Road / Botley Road / Bubb Lane / Botley Road / High Street / Swaythling Road / Mansbridge Road / Wide Lane / Southampton Road / Station Hill (and its reverse).
It is expected that the road will be open again by 6am on Monday 17 November 2014.
In May 2013 the both the bridge and the mainline railway were closed after Eastleigh County Councillor Andy Moore reported that bolts holding the bridge together were found to be exposed.
On investigation the damage to the bridge was deemed not to be dangerous and repairs were made shortly after.
UPDATE: Bridge is expected to re-open 8.30pm this evening