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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 [...]

OCTA Hosts Cycling Roundtable Discussion Tonight

Tonight the Orange County Transportation Authority joins with the City of San Juan Capistrano and other local cities and agencies to host a roundtable discussion about cycling in Orange County. The public is invited and public input is encouraged. In particular, the meeting will discuss how to increase cyclist safety and improve regional bikeways. The [...]

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 [...]

OCTA Hosting Bicycle Roundtable on May 28

We know that a number of our readers are avid cyclists. OCTA is hosting a public workshop tomorrow night to discuss bicycle-friendly strategies for south Orange County. The full press release is below:

OCTA Holds Roundtable to Plan for Bike Friendly Future

Public can attend meeting and participate in online survey to give input on [...]

OCTA Seeking Comments on its Draft Long Range Transportation Plan at Public Meeting Tonight

There is a ton of construction going on in South County right now. For the next few years, South County residents will need to deal with construction on I-5 at Avenida Pico, Ortega Highway and El Toro just for starters. We will also watch as the Rancho Mission Viejo transportation infrastructure is built out over [...]

Carmageddon 2: Announcing I-5/Avenida Pico Closures

Everyone loves a good sequel. Just as South County almost … almost adjusts to the I-5/Ortega Highway interchange project, we receive word that the I-5/Avenida Pico project has arrived, just in time for summer blockbuster season. Prepare for Carmageddon 2!

OCTA is advising of some upcoming closures necessitated by nighttime bridge demolition work:

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 [...]

Carmageddon, The Sequel: Avenida Pico Construction Begins This Weekend

Just when you had figured out how to maneuver the various lane reductions and freeway closures in and around the Ortega Highway/I-5 interchange, comes now the Avenida Pico improvement project. Construction begins this weekend on $249 million project, officially titled the I-5 South County Improvement Project, to rebuild the Avenida Pico interchange in San Clemente [...]

Highlights from I-5/Avenida Pico Groundbreaking Ceremony

Below is a short video compilation, courtesy of Patch (full article here), showing highlights from yesterday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the I-5/Avenida Pico improvement project.