The M6 was closed in both directions following a crane fire, says Highways England.
Traffic was diverted around the fire between junctions between junctions 36 for Kirkby and 39 for for the A6.
Police say the motorway was closed after smoke billowed across the carriageways.
The southbound carriageway re-opened at around 10.30am.
The northbound carriageway has also re-opened although Highways England advised that one lane remains closed for resurfacing.