07/21/2013 05:31 EDT | Updated 09/20/2013 05:12 EDT

Gardiner Expressway losing 2 eastbound lanes Monday

Starting Monday, there are going to be two fewer eastbound lanes to drive on along Toronto's Gardiner Expressway.

The city is closing two lanes of eastbound traffic between Jarvis Street and the Don Roadway until December, so that crews can make needed repairs. Two other lanes will remain open to traffic.

Given the lane closures, there are inevitably going to be delays in getting around over the next few months.

That's why Jacqueline White of the city's transportation services says drivers are going to need to be thinking ahead.

"The best thing to do is plan your route ahead of time, give yourself lots of time to get there," she told CBC News in a recent interview.

Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong, the chair of the city’s public works and infrastructure committee, has urged residents to be patient about the inconveniences they’re about to face.

"This investment in the Gardiner Expressway will ensure the section of roadway is in a state of good repair while decisions are made on its future," Minnan-Wong said in a statement last week.