The California Department of Transportation will begin a $4.9-million roadway pavement rehabilitation project June 18 on the eastbound and westbound lanes of Ortega Highway from Interstate 5 on the west to just west of Reata Street and from about a half mile east of La Pata to the San Juan Canyon Bridge near the Orange-Riverside county line (roughly 10 miles).
The work entails repairing and replacing damaged pavement and other work, such as replacing pavement striping and markers; adjusting water valve boxes, monument covers; and resetting manholes.
Curb cutouts in the lower section will be upgraded to ADA standards and an additional metal beam guardrail will be installed in the upper section of the road.
The project is expected to take four months to complete. Night work is scheduled to start on June 18 and will take place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. (no full closures, minimum of one lane open with flagmen directing traffic).
Some grinding work will be necessary and areas along Ortega Highway may experience some noise.
When the project is finished, motorists will enjoy a smoother roadway, according to Caltrans.
Every effort will be made to minimize the impacts of construction to residents and businesses.
For more information, contact the District 12 Public Information Office at 949-724-2000 or visit www.dot.ca.gov/dist12. --City of San Juan Capistrano