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Full-Freeway Shutdown Planned at Ortega This Weekend

Traveling this weekend? Here's what you need to know.

Workers this morning at the Ortega Highway interchange at the I-5 Freeway in San Juan Capistrano. Patch photo credit: Mynor Arevalo
Workers this morning at the Ortega Highway interchange at the I-5 Freeway in San Juan Capistrano. Patch photo credit: Mynor Arevalo

The I-5 Freeway in San Juan Capistrano will shut down in both directions Friday and Saturday.

Forcing traffic off the freeway will allow workers to complete grading activities to support the new Ortega Highway bridge, according to Caltrans. Here are the details:

Friday – Full closure of the northbound and southbound I-5 Freeway at Ortega Highway between 11:59 p.m. and 6 a.m.

DETOUR: From the northbound  or southbound I-5 Freeway, exit Ortega Highway. Proceed straight through the intersection and re-enter the freeway on the sequential Ortega Highway onramp.  

Saturday – Full closure of the northbound and southbound I-5 Freeway at Ortega Highway between 11:59 p.m. and 6 a.m.

DETOUR: From the northbound or southbound I-5 Freeway, exit Ortega Highway. Proceed straight through the intersection and re-enter the freeway on the sequential Ortega Highway onramp.  

During both nights of the full freeway closures, the northbound and southbound I-5 on- and off-ramps will only be accessible to motorists using the freeway detours and will not be available to local San Juan Capistrano traffic using Ortega Highway, according to Caltrans.

In addition, Ortega Highway between Del Obispo Street and Rancho Viejo Road will be closed to traffic.

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