New images show weekend M27 bridge demolition

 

The team used excavators fitted with hydraulic peckers and mechanical jaws to nibble away at the bridge

Highways England have released photos showing the weekend demolition of a road bridge over the M27 that had led to the temporary closure of the Motorway.

The motorway was planned to be closed until 6am on Monday morning but work was completed ahead of schedule, allowing Highways England to fully reopen the road at 11:30pm on Sunday evening –  six and a half hours early.

The old bridge that was built in 1974 has been replaced by a new version installed in June 2019.

The team used excavators fitted with hydraulic peckers and mechanical jaws to nibble away at the eastern half of the bridge – built in 1974 – bit by bit. Following the demolition, crews cleared the debris from the motorway and took the opportunity to apply the top layer of road surfacing to the Romsey Road bridge deck.

Highways England project manager, Andrew Winson, said:

“The demolition of the old Romsey Road bridge is a vital milestone in this project on this key route between Portsmouth and Southampton. We opened six and a half hours ahead of schedule, which is a phenomenal achievement and testament to the hard work of the team and all contractors working on the demolition.”

The work was carefully planned and agreed with Hampshire County Council, Southampton City Council, the emergency services and other stakeholders.

The new bridge is designed to last for the next 120 years

All pics ©Highways England 2020