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Commuter Alert: Ortega/I-5 Closure Schedule for Feb. 2-8

What you need to know if you're traveling the Ortega to and from Lake Elisonore in the wee hours.

Later this month, construction crews will remove the falsework from the Ortega bridge over the I-5, requiring full closures. Photos courtesy Caltrans.
Later this month, construction crews will remove the falsework from the Ortega bridge over the I-5, requiring full closures. Photos courtesy Caltrans.

Later in the month, construction crews will perform full nighttime closures on the northbound and southbound I-5 freeway at Ortega Highway for three consecutive weekends to remove the wooden falsework from the south half of the bridge. 

The full freeway closures will take place on Friday and Saturday nights between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. beginning Friday, Feb. 2 1and will conclude on Saturday, March 8, according to Caltrans.

Fortunately, Caltrans indicates that both sides of the freeway will not be closed simultaneously during the weekend closures. Additional closure and detour information will be available closer to the closure dates.  

Here are this week’s closures. 

Ramp Closures:

Northbound I-5 off-ramp to Ortega Highway closed between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. nightly, Wednesday and Thursday 

Northbound I-5 onramp from Ortega Highway closedbetween 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. nightly, Wednesday and Thursday 

Southbound I-5 off-ramp to Ortega Highway closed between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. nightly, Wednesday and Thursday 

Southbound I-5 onramp from Ortega Highway closed between 
10 p.m. and 5 a.m. nightly, Wednesday and Thursday  

Lane Closures:

Northbound I-5 freeway between Camino Capistrano and Junipero Serra Road lanes closed between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday    

Southbound I-5 freeway between Junipero Serra Road and Camino Capistrano lanes closed between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. nightly, Wednesday and Thursday 

Eastbound Ortega Highway between Del Obispo Street and Rancho Viejo Road lanes closed between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. nightly, Wednesday and Thursday 

Westbound Ortega Highway between Rancho Viejo Road and Del Obispo Street lanes closed between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. nightly, Wednesday and Thursday 

spike February 03, 2014 at 01:13 PM
Its amazing how slow this bridge project is going in OC. There have been three bridges widened and completed in the same time frame along the 15, Wildomar, Winchester exit, etc.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 03, 2014 at 01:14 PM
I'm pretty sure it's on schedule. The project is supposed to take a little more than two years. It's a long, annoying time for sure!
spike February 03, 2014 at 01:17 PM
Schedule = Milking OC tax payers. :-)
Joseph Morabito February 03, 2014 at 05:32 PM
I use Ortega to the 5 south... but I know enough to use a short cut through the condos called Sun Hollow off of Sundance Dr and completely avoid that overpass.

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