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Groundbreaking Tomorrow on 6 Mile I-5/Avenida Pico Project

Tomorrow is the groundbreaking of the $249 million project to add carpool lanes on I-5 in each direction between San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. The nearly 6 mile project extends from Avenida Pico in San Clemente to San Juan Creek Road in San Juan Capistrano. The project will:

Add a carpool lane in both [...]

OCTA Shuttle to Carry Visitors to San Juan Tree Lighting

OCTA continues to go above and beyond to mitigate the impact of the I-5/Ortega Highway interchange construction project on San Juan Capistrano businesses and residents. From Metrolink promotions to Mission-branded OCTA buses to radio spots, OCTA has spent significant resources to offset the adverse impact of Ortega construction. Now, an OCTA press release encourages visitors [...]

An Introduction to Planning Area 2

With the success of Sendero (originally known to some of us as Planning Area 1), Rancho Mission Viejo is already working on Planning Area 2:

For those who are just starting the home shopping process, Rancho Mission Viejo would still welcome you out. As Johnson explained, “We’re already working on Planning Area 2 to begin [...]

OCTA Hosting I-5/Pico Open House Tomorrow

OCTA is hosting an open house tomorrow for the public to learn more about the upcoming I-5/Avenida Pico improvement project. From OCTA:

OCTA Plans Open Houses in South County

The public will have two opportunities to learn about upcoming I-5 improvements

ORANGE – Open houses are scheduled in San Clemente and [...]

San Juan Capistrano dedicates 2C Ranch Staging Area

Press release from the City of San Juan Capistrano:

The City of San Juan Capistrano on Saturday held a ceremony to dedicate 2C Ranch, an open space trail rest stop/staging area that was part of the 2C Ranch-Trabuco Creek Habitat Restoration Project.

Formerly leased by equestrian and cattle operator Cap Crowl, 2C Ranch is part [...]

OCTA Schedules Two Open Houses to Discuss I-5/Avenida Pico Project

OCTA has announced two open houses where the public can learn more about the I-5/Avenida Pico improvement project affecting San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. From the OCTA press release:

OCTA Plans Open Houses in South County

The public will have two opportunities to learn about upcoming I-5 improvements

ORANGE – Open [...]

Computer Simulation of Reconstructed I-5/Avenida Pico Interchange

SJC Patch has captured video of a computer simulation of the reconstructed I-5/Avenida Pico interchange in San Clemente. Video is embedded below or available here.

Public Hearing on I-5/El Toro Widening Project

For anyone interested, OCTA has scheduled a public hearing tomorrow on the plan to widen the I-5 freeway from El Toro Road to the 73. The hearing will be held in Mission Viejo from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center at 24932 Veterans Way. More information is [...]

More Information About the I-5 Widening Process Between SR-73 and El Toro Road

Coincident with our publication of this article yesterday, OCTA has sent us an informational press release about the I-5 Widening Project between 73 and El Toro. Full press release is reprinted below:

I-5 Upgrade Plans In South O.C. Ready For Review

Comments are now being accepted on the environmental documentsand a [...]

I-5 Widening Project Releases Environmental Assessment

Readers of this blog are certainly aware of the I-5/Ortega Highway interchange project. You may not know all of the other South County improvement projects in the works as well, and some of them are just as substantial as Ortega. The I-5 improvement project between the 73 toll road and El Toro Road is one [...]