Drivers using the M6 through north Lancashire are being advised that Lancashire County Council's £124 million Heysham Link project has reached a new phase which may impact on motorway users.
The new road will link Heysham with junction 34 of the M6 which is operated by the Highways Agency.
Highways Agency project manager Paul Elliott said:
Although Heysham Link is a county council project along the local road network its connection to the M6 will deliver significant improvements at junction 34 of the motorway with better entry and exit slips.
To allow the junction improvements to take place safely we will need to close large sections of the motorway hard shoulder for more than a year and also change the way motorway traffic is managed as it is joining the motorway or travelling through the junction.
The Lancashire County Council road project started in January and is due to be completed in 2016. The improvements around junction 34 include better motorway slip roads and a 600-space park and ride site just off the junction and work on these is now underway.
The link road project will need the closure of the hard shoulder along both the southbound and northbound carriageways of the M6 through junction 34 until May 2016.
Drivers already on the northbound M6 and travelling through the junction will be restricted to lanes 2 and 3 with lane 1 reserved over a short length of the carriageway for those joining the northbound carriageway from junction 34.
Lancashire County Council has a dedicated website for the project including up to date schedules of roadworks.
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.
Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.