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The Ortega Highway bridge will have a reduced lane configuration with a dedicated left-turn lane for each direction as well as an optional left turn / through lane for each direction. Courtesy of Caltrans
The Ortega Highway bridge will have a reduced lane configuration with a dedicated left-turn lane for each direction as well as an optional left turn / through lane for each direction. Courtesy of Caltrans

By The Capistrano Dispatch

Ortega Highway over Interstate 5 will be reduced to two lanes in both directions for the next year as construction crews from the California Department of Transportation begin work to demolish and reconstruct the bridge.

Caltrans crews will reconfigure the Ortega Highway bridge, between the northbound and southbound on- and off-ramps, this week to prepare for demolition and reconstruction of the south half of the bridge.

Crews will switch to the north half later in the month, likely during the week of May 20, according to a Caltrans release.

During this yearlong configuration, large trucks and trailers more than 40 feet long will be unable to exit the southbound I-5 off-ramp and turn left onto eastbound Ortega Highway and are advised to use alternate routes.

For more information, contact the Caltrans District 12 public information office at 949.724.2000 or visit www.ortega.dot.ca.gov.

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