A view of the Ortega bridge construction back in April before concrete was poured. Photo: Courtesy of the Orange County Transportation Authority
A view of the Ortega bridge construction back in April before concrete was poured. Photo: Courtesy of the Orange County Transportation Authority

By Allison Jarrell

The reconfiguration of the Ortega Highway bridge and Interstate 5 interchanges is finally nearing completion.

According to the Orange County Transportation Authority, improvements to the highway are set to open in late August or early September of this year. Work began in early 2013 to reconfigure and widen the roadways, an $86.2 million effort to alleviate traffic in the area.

The project is funded in part by local and county funding, including Measure M, as well as by the State Transportation Improvement Program and Corridor Mobility Improvement Act.

Upcoming work on Ortega Highway includes: construction of concrete barriers on the on- and off-ramps to the I-5 freeway, installation of guard rail, paving the slopes beneath the bridge, paving work near the Shell gas station, installation of traffic signals, and lastly, striping the ramps and bridge for traffic.

“The public’s patience during the final weeks of construction is appreciated,” OCTA Media Relations Specialist Eric Carpenter wrote in an email. “We look forward to opening the traffic lanes to improve traffic flow and enhance traffic safety at that busy interchange.”

For more updates, visit www.octa.net.

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  • It’s about time. 30+ months to complete a single interchange improvement? This project is about 6 months behind schedule (and counting) and has been incredibly disruptive to commuters and residents alike. The contractor on this project should be penalized for such mismanagement.

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