Motorists are likely to experience serious travel disruption on the M6 as work gets underway on a new phase of the link road.
The works around Junction 34 will require the closure of the the hard shoulder on both the northbound and southbound lanes of the M6 until May 2016.
The new phase will see the creation of new, longer slip roads and a 600 space park and ride facility just off the northbound junction, linking the motorway to Caton Road and then on to Heysham.
The Highways Agency, which is to carry out the work alongside the County Council’s £124m Heysham M6 Link Road, said the new phase “may impact on motorway users.”
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.’’
Work on the M6 Link Road started in January and is due to be completed in 2016. Drivers already on the northbound M6 and travelling through the junction will be restricted to lanes two and three with lane one reserved over a short length of the carriageway for those joining the northbound carriageway from junction 34.
The work is coinciding with the ongoing project that has already created a number of diversions on local roads.
The winter will see the removal of the diversion in Barley Cop Lane, and the creation of a new one in Powderhouse Lane, the completion of the bridge over the canal, and the construction of Beaumont Bridge, to allow the new road to travel under Green Lane.
Lancashire County Council’s website for the project is www.lancashire.gov/Heyshamlink.