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The first full closure of Interstate 5, as part of the I-5/Ortega Highway interchange project, is scheduled to take place this week to allow construction crews to begin demolition work on the Ortega Highway bridge, according to the California Department of Transportation.

Northbound I-5, directly underneath the bridge, will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, April 5, until 6 a.m. Saturday, April 6. No full detour routes are necessary as traffic will be allowed to get off at Ortega Highway, cross the intersection and continue onto northbound I-5.

Caltrans construction crews will demolish the barrier rail and sidewalk on the north side of the Ortega Highway bridge. Demolition of the south side will begin this summer.

In addition, both outside lanes of Ortega Highway, between Del Obispo Street and Rancho Viejo Road, will continue to be closed nightly during demolition work.

Caltrans has already begun tree and vegetation removal along I-5 and on- and 0ff-ramps. I-5 ramps and lanes will be closed intermittently during the work, depending on the location of vegetation removal, according to Caltrans. Caltrans will replace vegetation when the project is completed in 2015.

For more information, contact the Caltrans District 12 public information office at 949.724.2000 or visit

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