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I-5/Ortega Construction Update for the Week of July 22

Ortega construction update from Caltrans:

Construction Overview:

Crews will demolish the south half of the Ortega Highway bridge over the I-5 freeway on Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3. The demolition will take place over two consecutive nights, with crews demolishing one portion of the south half of the bridge one night, and the remaining portion the second night. While most of the work is expected to be completed during the two nights, demolition activities may carry over into the next weekend, if needed.

In order to complete the demolition and ensure public safety, the following nighttime closures will take place:

  • Ortega Highway bridge over the I-5 Freeway
  • Northbound I-5 Freeway
  • Southbound I-5 Freeway

Beginning the week of July 21, the contractor will begin staging work in preparation for the demolition of the southern portion of the Ortega Highway bridge. Work will include median barrier demolition, lost deck removal and equipment mobilization.

While the Ortega Highway bridge is under construction, Caltrans would like to remind motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to always practice safety in the construction zone. Pedestrian crossing lights are timed to maximize traffic flow and ensure pedestrian safety, and may have pedestrians wait up to two cycles before crossing.

Neighboring Projects:

On Monday, July 22, Caltrans will close the northbound I-5 off-ramp to Junipero Serra road between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in order to perform maintenance work.

Lane Reductions: 

  • Lane reduction on the northbound I-5 freeway between Camino Capistrano and Junipero Serra Road
    • Lane closures nightly;Sunday, 7/21 through Thursday, 7/25 between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Lane reduction on the southbound I-5 freeway between Junipero Serra Road and Camino Capistrano
    • Lane closures nightly; Sunday, 7/21 through Wednesday, 7/24 between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Ramp Closures:

  • Northbound I-5 Off-Ramp to Ortega Highway (SR-74)
    • Ramp closed nightly; Sunday, 7/21 and Monday, 7/22 between
      10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Below is Caltrans’ map of scheduled lane reductions and ramp closures:

View I-5 / Ortega Highway Interchange Improvement Project Weekly Construction Alert – Sunday, July 21 – Saturday, July 27 in a larger map

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