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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 [...]

Ortega Bridge Demolition to Begin December 12

More I-5/Ortega interchange news:

The north side of the Ortega Highway bridge over I-5 is scheduled for demolition beginning Friday, Dec. 12. The work is expected to take two nights, and the freeway will be closed during the demolition. Motorists on I-5 will be detoured around the demolition work using the Ortega Highway off- and [...]

La Pata Gap Closure Project Update

As reported in the OC Register here, the La Pata Gap Closure project is on schedule and making progress:

OC Public Works reports that construction of a $73 million, four-lane highway linking Ortega Highway with San Clemente is on schedule to open for cars by fall 2016. Thirty percent of the earth work between the [...]

Vamos a la Escuela a Aprender: Mapping and Translating the Street Names of Esencia’s First Phase

On Friday we mentioned that development was progressing on the first phase of Planning Area 2, east of Antonio Parkway in Rancho Mission Viejo. Today, we have some preliminary tract maps showing the street patterns and names for Planning Area 2.1 and giving us a more detailed glimpse into the layout of the new community. [...]

Ortega Highway Between I-5 and Del Obispo to Close for Three Weeks

As part of the Ortega/I-5 interchange project, starting on Monday, November 3rd, crews will close Ortega Highway between the I-5 interchange and Del Obispo Street in San Juan Capistrano for approximately three weeks to work on reconfiguring the road alignment. As you may remember, the intersection of Ortega and Del Obispo will be reconfigured allowing [...]

Another Accident At Narrow Canyon Highlights the Danger: Residents Insist “It’s Only a Matter of Time…”

We have heard that there has been another accident at the Narrow Canyon and Aura Lane intersection, near the Goddard School. This weekend a driver lost control and struck a light pole dangerously close to the pedestrian crossing that is frequently used by neighborhood children and the Goddard students. This is the same location where [...]

Register Article on “Taking Out the Trash” for La Pata

The La Pata Gap Closure Project proceeds. While one crew starts road construction in the center of the gap, another crew works to excavate, move and re-bury trash that lies in the path of the roadway. The Register describes this process:

Amid heaps of tires, wine bottles, plastics, wood and other decaying, blackened garbage, excavators [...]

Starting Today, Ortega Highway On-Ramp to SB I-5 Will be Closed For Six Weeks

Reminder — Ortega Highway on-ramp to the southbound I-5 will be closed for six weeks, starting today! Below is the press release courtesy of OCTA:

Ortega Highway Ramp to Close Monday For Six Weeks

Closure is necessary to reconstruct on-ramp to southbound I-5 as project enters final phase

ORANGE – Construction crews [...]

Reminder: Northbound Ortega Off Ramp Closes Today for Two Weeks

A reminder that the I-5 Northbound off-ramp at Ortega Highway will close this morning and remain closed for two weeks. Below is the full announcement, courtesy of OCTA:

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – The northbound San Diego Freeway (I-5) off-ramp at Ortega Highway will be closed for two weeks beginning [...]

Prepare for Significant Road Closures as Ortega Interchange Project Heads Into Final Construction Phase

The Ortega Highway Project is entering its last year of construction, and Caltrans is preparing to shift traffic onto the newly constructed bridge before the end of 2014. Unfortunately, this final stage of construction is going to require some significant road closures that will aggravate driving conditions in and around the Ortega/I-5 interchange.

First, a [...]