A MAJOR road near Winchester will be closed for three weeks overnight for roadworks.

New drains will be laid on the A33 between the B3047 near Kings Worthy and the A34 and will involve full overnight closures.

Guy Watts, Highways Agency Project Sponsor said: “The work on the A33 between the B3047 near Kings Worthy and the A34 will involve the clearance of nearby vegetation and the installation of new filter drains which will reduce the likelihood of flooding and improve safety during heavy rainfall.

“We have planned the work carefully to minimise disruption and that is why we will only be closing the road overnight when traffic flows are at their lowest. During the closures, there will be a clearly signed diversion route so that drivers can continue their journeys with minimum inconvenience.”

Overnight work will begin on Monday March 3 for three weeks, Monday to Friday only, between 10pm and 6am, with a full closure of the A33 southbound between the B3047 and A34.

For vehicles under five metres high, a fully signed diversion route will be in place via the B3047, through Winchester city centre to the M3 junction 9 roundabout.

Vehicles higher than five metres will be diverted east along the B3047 towards Alresford, on the A31 to the A272 Spitfire Link to access the M3 Junction 9 roundabout.