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An aerial rendering of Caltrans’ completed Interstate 5/Ortega Highway interchange project. Ortega Highway will undergo a three-week closure starting Monday, Nov. 3 as crews reconfigure the road between Del Obispo Street and I-5. Photo: Courtesy of Caltrans
An aerial rendering of Caltrans’ completed Interstate 5/Ortega Highway interchange project. Photo: Courtesy of Caltrans

By Allison Jarrell

Full closures of Interstate 5 in San Juan Capistrano and the Ortega Highway bridge are scheduled for Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27. Both closures will take place from 11:59 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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. Commuters 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.

Motorists who want to drive into San Juan Capistrano from I-5 must use the Camino Capistrano or Junipero Serra exits.

The closures are necessary to allow crews to safely begin the process of removing falsework on the new Ortega Highway bridge, according to Orange County Transportation Authority officials.

Regularly scheduled nighttime closures from Sunday, June 21 to Saturday, June 27 include the Ortega Highway southbound I-5 off ramp Sunday to Thursday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Southbound I-5 lane reductions between Junipero Serra Road and Camino Capistrano will take place Sunday to Thursday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., and lane reductions going westbound on Ortega Highway from Rancho Viejo Road to Del Obispo Street are set for Sunday to Thursday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

For complete closure times, a map of all closures and more information on the I-5/Ortega Highway Interchange Improvement Project, visit www.octa.net/Ortega.

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