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By The Capistrano Dispatch

Interstate 5 at Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano will undergo full nighttime closures Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21, the California Department of Transportation has announced.

Both northbound and southbound I-5 lanes will be affected. Closures on both nights begin at 11:59 p.m. and last until 6 a.m. the next morning.

Motorists travelling on I-5 will be directed off at Ortega Highway and will reenter the freeway on the sequential Ortega Highway on-ramp.

During both closures, northbound and southbound on- and off-ramps will not be accessible to regular city traffic, and Ortega Highway, between Del Obispo Street and Rancho Viejo Road, will also be closed.

The closures are part of Caltrans’ $86.2 million I-5/Ortega Highway interchange project.

For the full schedule of nightly closures and planned detours, or for more information on the project, visit the Caltrans District 12 information office website at www.ortega.dot.ca.gov.

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