Construction season is underway

'Tis the season of construction.

For those who commute into downtown Toronto or who hope to catch a Leafs or Raptors playoff game be prepared for a major detour.

Starting next week, you'll no longer be able to take the York-Bay-Yonge exit from the eastbound Gardiner Expressway.

The ramp is being knocked down and replaced with a new one that will feed onto Lower Simcoe Street.

It's a project that's expected to take 8 months to complete and one that city hall admits will be painful until it's finished.

Meantime, the provincial government says it plans to widen Highway 401 from Mississauga to Milton will relieve congestion, allow for a more free flow of goods and help population and employment growth.
   
It has issued a request for qualifications to design, build and finance the expansion project, the first step in getting construction underway.
    
The expansion project will include adding HOV lanes in each direction and widening the existing six-lane configuration, but no date has been set for construction to begin.
    
Highway 401 will be widened to 12 lanes from the Credit River to Winston Churchill Boulevard and then 10 lanes from there to the Highway 407 and 401 interchange to Regional Road 25.