The California Department of Transportation is seeking the public’s input over its project to widen the 1.1-mile stretch of Ortega Highway—locally known as the “chokepoint”—in San Juan Capistrano this month.

On June 25, Caltrans will host a public meeting at Kinoshita Elementary School from 5-7 p.m. to go over the project’s Environmental Assessment that was recently released.

The longstanding plans intend to widen Ortega between Calle Entradero and the eastern city limits near Reata Park from two lanes to four. The widening would help to mitigate traffic congestion, as that stretch of road currently narrows from four lanes to two, creating a bottleneck of motorists.

To submit comments regarding the project’s environmental report, send them to Associate Environmental Planner Carmen Lo at 1750 East 4th St., Suite 100, Santa Ana, or email

Kinoshita Elementary is located on 2 Via Positiva, San Juan Capistrano.

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