Caltrans To Share Details Of $86M Ortega Highway Project During Feb. 11 Meeting In Wildomar

Caltrans representatives are scheduled to share information about major closures and detours necessitated by the $86 million I-5/Ortega Highway interchange project.


Find out what’s going on with the $86 million Ortega Highway construction project during a Feb. 11 meeting scheduled in Wildomar.

The 6 p.m. public meeting will take place at Animal Friends of The Valleys/Southwest Communities Animal Shelter located at 33751 Mission Trail.

The meeting is expected to last until 7:30 p.m. and will address construction of the I-5/Ortega Highway interchange project that begins this month. The project is designed to ease congestion at the busy interchange that’s most utilized by residents of Orange and Riverside counties.

Caltrans representatives are scheduled to share project information, including major closures and detours.

The meeting is a joint effort between Caltrans District 12, and the cities of Lake Elsinore and Wildomar. The meeting was prompted by angry city officials; click here to read more about that story.

The I-5/Ortega Highway construction is separate from a proposed project further east on the Ortega Highway that is designed to ease bottlenecks at the eastern edge of the San Juan Capistrano city limits. Click here to read more about that.

Martha L. Bridges February 05, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Appreciate the Patch publishing this kind of salient article well enough in advance so that residents have the opportunity to plan to attend. I'm planning to go and hope other concerned Wildomar residents will be there to hear about what both Caltrans and our city officials say. Nothing like hearing what is said first hand rather than second or third hand - which so often has a spin on it. This kind of article doesn't have the immediate emotional appeal that reports of accidents or crime solicite, but it is far more important in the long run. Ortega is and will be an important gateway to and from the Inland Area. The project, if funded, will be a major improvement, but the construction will impact commuters and events for long periods.
One Voice February 05, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Perhaps they should also include the redesign and improvement of the roads that take the drivers to and from the Inland Empire to the Ortega Hwy. The traffic on Grand is a great example of a road that is in desperate need of widening to accommodate commuters from Temecula, Wildomar, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore that use this road to get to the Ortega, another road that is in desperate need of widening and modifying is Riverside Dr from Collier through four corners again to get to the Ortega, commuters using this road from Perris and the Central Ave area. These mentioned roads are long over due for Cal Trans, the County and City to do something about.
justme February 05, 2013 at 09:44 PM
I didn't realize you commuted Ortega. FYI - the project is already funded, completely. No need for you to go if you are not a commuter of Ortega either. You might as well just save face and not humiliate yourself...again, being that it does not apply to you. The only link you have is the fact it so happens to be getting held in a location in Wildomar...we really don't need your input and whining and other nonsense to lengthen the meeting. And as always Martha, thank you SO much for your insight of "The project, if funded, will be a major improvement, but the construction will impact commuters and events for long periods" we never would have guessed it would impact commuters (not you) and events for long periods. Besides that 'if funded' nonsense, we would be completely lost without your two cents! *Insert eye roll here*
justme February 05, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Totally agree, more and more people are moving over to the IE commuting Ortega. I hope they realize that and try to fix things quickly. Their 'repave' of Ortega was so ridiculous. When it rains it puddles up in the middle gap they left. Hopefully any future work they do won't be as wonky lol. I always compared crossing the county line on Ortega to driving from Hollywood into Beverly Hills lol. You immediately know when it changed.
Constant Comment February 05, 2013 at 09:56 PM
One can only hope that whomever shows up at this meeting, will remain civil and leave the whips & megaphones at home & conduct themselves with maturity instead of rants. }~)
justme February 06, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Well that says it all then, Martha you gotta stay home.
Martha L. Bridges February 06, 2013 at 06:54 PM
@justme, Leave it to you to make a meaningless rebuttal to an otherwise positive comment. We could certainly do with less of your inane and presumptuous comments. You and your cohorts may 'know it all' but others may welcome additional information. And, the "if funded" comment is quite valid. Many supposedly approved projects are postponed even if the funding has been identified/approved/scheduled...or haven't you noticed this economy has slowed down the progress of funding approved projects? And, yes, I frequently travel the Ortega.
Martha L. Bridges February 06, 2013 at 06:58 PM
I "gotta stay home", because you say so? LOL
TVOR February 06, 2013 at 08:07 PM
There was an idea put out a while ago to tunnel under the mountains and put in a 4 lane highway from the 15 to the 5. That would be cool.


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