A STRETCH of a Hampshire motorway is set to close for three days as work continues to turn the road into a smart motorway.

A part of a scheme to upgrade the M27 junctions 4 to 11, National Highways has confirmed that a stretch of the road will be closed this month.

The westbound carriageway between junction 11, Fareham, and junction 9, Park Gate, will be closed from 9pm on January 21 until 6am on January 24.

The work includes reinstating manholes in the carriageway, resurfacing, carrying out surveys of the drainage network, white lining and installation of the studs that sit between the lanes.

During the closure, a signed diversion will be in place via the A27.

At the Segensworth Roundabout, continue straight on to the A27 Southampton Road.

Follow the A27 eastbound until you reach the M27 at junction 11.

Join the M27 at junction 11. All diversions will be clearly signposted.

On the National Highways website, a statement says: "We’re unable to complete these activities during a standard overnight closure, and as a result a full weekend closure is required.

"During this time, we’ll take the opportunity to undertake as many additional activities as possible."

Throughout January, teams will be continuing with resurfacing work overnight or during weekends to reduce the impact on road users.

The work will be completed in sections and closures will be from 9pm until 6am the following morning.

The M27 motorway upgrade will directly connect to the M3 junction 9, Winchester, to junction 14.

The scheme stretches a total of 15 miles, and all links on the M27 between junction 4 to 11 will be upgraded to four lanes. The hard shoulder will be retained between junctions 7 and 8.

The scheme includes new CCTV cameras and electronic information signs and signals on gantries - these will show variable mandatory speed limits and manage traffic flow and incidents as well as permanent conversion of the hard shoulder to create a fourth lane and changing the junction slip roads to accommodate this.