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Locals Concerned About Red Light Runners at Rancho Viejo and JSerra

Concerned with the frequency and audacity of the red light runners at the intersection of Rancho Viejo and Junipero Serra (one of the primary detours for Ortega construction traffic), San Juan Capistrano locals have published a video highlighting the danger and pleading for a solution:

We’re going to venture a guess that there’s going [...]

The Sun Came Out and the Cars Kept Moving

Like clockwork, as soon as the calendar flipped over to June, with it arrived the gloom. It was overcast, drizzly and dreary all weekend. Perhaps that was metaphorically appropriate. Was it the calendar or the Ortega bridge lane reduction that brought June gloom upon us?

As readers know, crews closed the southern half of the [...]

Keep Calm and Carry On

And so it begins…

According to a Caltrans alert, construction crews will this week close the outside lane in each direction on Ortega Highway between Del Obispo Street and Rancho Viejo Road in order to install temporary traffic signals on Ortega at the northbound and southbound I-5 on- and off-ramps. Stay informed! For more information [...]

Caltrans and the City of San Juan Capistrano Should Temporarily Connect El Horno Street to Rancho Viejo Road

With construction on the I-5/Ortega Highway interchange project beginning next month, Carmageddon is almost here. Of course, we’ve been warning people since early August with posts such as “Carmageddon Coming to San Juan Capistrano.” To aid local residents and commuters in planning, we’ve described the upcoming road closures and detours, and previewed the construction phases [...]