Work to improve a motorway junction in Merseyside will benefit thousands of drivers when it is completed at Easter, the Highways Agency says.
It is spending £4.1 million on junction 23 where the M6 meets the A580 East Lancs Road close to the town of St Helens.
Vehicles will be able to turn right onto the motorway and the A49 without having to go around a roundabout, meaning the junction will increase its capacity considerably.
The roundabout will have a left-turn lane for the A49 and the northbound M6 exit road is to be lengthened.
The entire road surface of the junction will have a skid-resistant coating. There will also be new traffic lights with traffic-monitoring sensors.
Thousands of drivers that use the junction between the M6, A580 and A49 will find their journeys easier because of reduced congestion once the work is completed, according to Highways Agency project manager Andrew Kimmance.
Copyright Press Association 2015