The province says commuters will get to drive the first stretch of the Highway 407 East extension for free once the highway opens.
They made the announcement while at the same time saying the opening will be delayed.
The new $1.2 billion route is being built with a provincial public-private partnership through Infrastructure Ontario and was set to open on Dec. 18.
Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca says the stretch from east of Brock Rd. in Pickering to Harmony Rd. in Oshawa isn’t finished and will instead open in the spring.
He says early design work that perhaps wasn’t done at the speed or the pace that would have been idea may be one cause for the delay.
Some of the work that remains includes top coat asphalt and permanent pavement markings in some sections along with the final stages of bridge construction at some locations and final safety reviews.
Del Duca says the project remains on budget.
Preliminary work on the 407 extension, from Harmony Rd. to Highway 35/115 in Clarington, is already underway and set to be completed in 2020.