As hundreds of thousands of drivers pack their vehicle for their long weekend vacation, there are some big changes on popular routes they need to be aware of.

Lots of people were trying to get a jump on the long weekend on Thursday trying to beat the often slow and long trip to cottage country. But there is something they might not be able to avoid this weekend, construction zones.

Crews are repaving some section of Highway 400 from Canal Road up to Innisfil Beach Road. There is also work at Highway 400 and Line 11 of Bradford, Highway 400 at Bayfield, Essa and Anne streets and work is scattered on Highway 11 from Oro-Medonte up to Huntsville.

The good news is that MTO says crews will stop working at noon on Friday and won’t return until Tuesday evening but the reduced speed limits will remain at 80 km/h in many spots.

“Construction zone the lanes have been narrowed and you’ll even see the roadway markings, they are not white, they are orange lines. They are realigning the traffic so they get the construction work done on the centre section of the highway,” says OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt.

That means all drivers will have to slow it down even if there are no workers on site and fines are doubled in construction zones.

For a look at construction projects in the area click here.