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By Allison Jarrell

The next three weeks are going to be rough for many Orange County commuters.

Beginning Monday, Jan. 26, crews are closing two of the five lanes on the southbound Interstate 5 freeway from just south of the Camino Capistrano exit to just north of the CA-1/Camino Las Ramblas exit, according to the Orange County Transportation Authority.

Lane closures will take place from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will continue Monday through Friday for three weeks, OCTA officials said. Drivers should expect significant delays on southbound I-5 during the closures and allow extra time to reach their destinations.

The closures are necessary for crews to perform pile driving for a retaining wall that will accommodate the future widening of the freeway, which is part of the I-5 South County Improvement Project.

See the map below for a suggested alternate route to avoid the closure area:

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