Full Freeway Closure Planned for I-5 at Ortega This Weekend

The late-night shutdown means locals won't be able to cross the freeway on Ortega Highway.

Workers will shut down the I-5 Freeway on Friday night into Saturday morning this week at Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano. Patch file photo.
Workers will shut down the I-5 Freeway on Friday night into Saturday morning this week at Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano. Patch file photo.

The I-5 in San Juan Capistrano will experience a full-freeway closure this weekend, impacting late-night and early-morning motorists, according to Caltrans.

Drivers will be forced to exit at Ortega Highway and immediately enter the freeway again, says a Caltrans alert.

The closures will continue for three consecutive weekends, concluding March 15. It’s all part of building a new Ortega Highway bridge over the I-5 and new on- and off-ramps.

Meanwhile, during the day, workers will conduct pile driving starting in late-February on the I-5 southbound off-ramp at Ortega Highway. This activity will take place on weekdays between 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., according to Caltrans.

Pile driving is necessary to reconstruct the off-ramp and will last intermittently for approximately one month. 

“Please be advised that this activity may be loud and disruptive due to vibration and pounding,” says a Caltrans alert.

Here are this week’s schedule closings:                                   

Full Closures:

Northbound I-5 freeway at Ortega Highway closed between 11:59 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday 

Ortega Highway between Rancho Viejo Road and Del Obispo Street between 11:59 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday     

Ramp and Lane Closures:

Crews will not perform any ramp or lane closures this week as they work to complete the newly poured deck on the south half of the Ortega Highway bridge. Regularly scheduled closures are expected to resume next week.  

Barbara Cole Miller February 24, 2014 at 11:10 AM
OMG, thanks:). I read it and thought it was a particular way of directing car drivers through the construction area. Now I get it!
Gus Gunderson February 24, 2014 at 03:38 PM
I thought it was from the Andy Griffith show describing how we should expect Gomer to drive ! It tells you how much I know !
Penny Arévalo February 24, 2014 at 03:54 PM
MFriedrich February 24, 2014 at 03:57 PM
Barbara, Pile drivers are heavy machinery that drive beams of iron or other construction structure deep into the ground for supporting a larger structure (a building, a bridge, etc.) Here's a photo of the machine. The noise is maddeningly loud and methodic. Ear plugs do not help. It can take hours to complete the driving of piles into the earth to a sufficient depth. http://tinyurl.com/n3m2xec Also, there's a wrestling move called the "pile driver", as well as other uses of the word which you can explore on your own.
Barbara Cole Miller February 24, 2014 at 05:05 PM
MFriedrich, thank you! Normally I actually would have Googled the term but because the story was about construction on the freeway where we "drive", I just thought I'm gonna have to do "pile driving" when I drive through there next week. And that I'd better find out what that means, lol! Appreciate your link and that nothing out of the ordinary will be required of my driving skills:)


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