A SOUTHAMPTON road is to be closed for three weeks as part of plans to redecorate and waterproof a bridge.

Mansbridge Road is to be closed by Southampton City Council from August 10 to 28.

The road will be closed 24 hours a day for three weeks for works to take place during the day.

A 20 minute diversion will be in place for motorists and officials have said that delays in the area will be likely.

The work taking place will be waterproofing and decorating the bridge.

Waterproofing the bridge will involve the removing of the road surface layer and kerbs on the road so that essential maintenance and waterproofing improvements can be made to the bottom layer of the bridge deck.

Once waterproofing is complete the carriageway and surrounding footways will be restored and resurfaced.

A spokesperson from Southampton City Council said: "The closure will be in place continuously 24/7 from the August 10 - changed from August 3 - for three weeks and works will be during the day, subject to progress on site."

They added: "The timescale for this work is due to the depth of excavation needed to reach the bottom bridge layer to carry out the waterproofing as well as the carriageway and footway after waterproofing has taken place."

Motorists will have to follow a 20 minute diversion through the area.

They should head south-east on Kilmeston Close A27 towards Mill Gardens and go through one roundabout.

Then turn right onto West End Road and at the roundabout that the second exit onto Mousehole Lane.

Continue on Cobden Avenue and onto St Denys Road A3035 before turning right onto Thomas Lewis Way A335.

Turn right onto Stoneham Way and at the roundabout that the third exit onto A335.

Turn right towards Wide Lane and continue straight onto Wide Lane.

At the roundabout, take the third exit and stay on Wide Lane before taking the first exit at the next roundabout onto Kilmeston Close A27.

The destination will be on the right.