A project to improve traffic around Saskatoon's John G. Diefenbaker International Airport will make things more difficult for drivers in the short run.

Crews are currently widening Airport Drive north of 45th Street West to two lanes. 

The project will be expanding Monday, when crews will start widening Airport Drive between Cynthia Street and the airport, as well as widening 45th Street West, approaching Airport Drive.

Traffic lights will also be installed at the intersection of 45th Street West and Airport Drive.

During this phase, 45th Street will be closed and traffic will be detoured. As well, Airport Drive will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction.

It's hoped the changes will help congestion and improve traffic flow. However, the construction will mean headaches for those heading to and from the airport, at least in the short term.

"We anticipate there will be traffic delays," said city director of construction and design Chris Hallam in a news release. "We encourage drivers to plan ahead and allow extra time to get to and from the airport during construction."

The construction project is expected to last around three months.

The City of Saskatoon and the Saskatoon Airport Authority are spending $2.25 million on the road project.

According to the city, the number of passengers in and out of the airport has increased by more than 82 per cent over the past ten years. In 2013, there were over 1.3 million travellers.