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Reconfigured Ortega Highway Reopens Today

The reconfigured Ortega Highway reopens today.  Below is an Ortega interchange update:

It’s open a day early!

The reconfigured portion of Ortega Highway leading into downtown via Del Obispo Street opened this morning. Also open: the new portion of the southbound I-5 off-ramp, the newly constructed Ortega bridge and the new southbound I-5 on-ramp.

Motorists can drive — and pedestrians can walk — east or west across the bridge to get to businesses along Del Obispo or those on the east side of I-5.

Next up, the stretch of Ortega between Del Obispo and El Camino Real is set to reopen by Dec. 5, restoring direct access to San Juan Capistrano’s Historic Town Center. In the meantime, motorists can reach the town center by heading down Del Obispo and turning right on Camino Capistrano or coming down Camino Capistrano from Junipero Serra Road.

Demolition of the north side of the bridge is scheduled to begin Dec. 12 and take two nights.

Find out more about the project at

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