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I-5 South County Improvement Project Construction Update

We wish this was an April Fool’s Day prank, but alas, South County residents are currently monitoring three massive construction projects going on simultaneously on the I-5 freeway.  Below is the latest information about the  I-5 South County Improvement Project that stretches from Avenida Pico in San Clemente to San Juan Creek Road in San Juan Capistrano.

If you live in San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point or San Clemente, keep an eye out for an I-5 South County Improvement Project postcard in your mailbox next week. OCTA will be sending out more than 55,000 to the entire project area!

Nightly closures and detours are plotted on a Google Map and include specific closure times as well as recommended detours. Closures are updated in real time and can be accessed by visiting This interactive map is easily accessible on your smart phone or you can bookmark the page on your computer and it allows you to see other local detour routes that may be convenient for your commute.

This construction project is located along the I-5 Freeway between San Juan Creek Rd. in San Juan Capistrano and Pico in San Clemente. There are several off and on ramps affected by nighttime construction. You can keep up to date on this project by viewing the map on the below link and signing up for email alerts:

Regularly scheduled nightly closures will resume on Tuesday, April 1 and continue through Friday, April 4.

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