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Work on the north side of the new Ortega bridge is progressing. A concrete pour for the bottom and sides of the new bridge is scheduled for the night of April 24. Photo: Courtesy of the Orange County Transportation Authority
Work on the north side of the new Ortega bridge is progressing. A concrete pour for the bottom and sides of the new bridge is scheduled for the night of April 24. Photo: Courtesy of the Orange County Transportation Authority

The Capistrano Dispatch

Full closures of Interstate 5 in San Juan Capistrano and the Ortega Highway bridge are scheduled for tonight, April 17, and Saturday night, April 18, according to Orange County Transportation Authority officials. The freeway will be closed from 11:59 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. the following morning, and the Ortega Highway bridge will be closed from 11 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. the next morning.

Officials said closures are necessary to adjust the temporary framework for the new bridge on the north side of Ortega.

During the closures, motorists traveling north on I-5 will be diverted to the Ortega Highway off-ramp and will use Rancho Viejo Road and Junipero Serra to re-access the northbound I-5 freeway. Motorists traveling south on I-5 will be diverted to the Ortega Highway off-ramp and back to southbound I-5 via the Ortega Highway on-ramp.

Commuters wanting to drive into San Juan Capistrano from I-5 will have to use the Camino Capistrano or Junipero Serra exits.

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