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SCSQUARED halfBy Eric Heinz 

Construction crews have been continuing work on the Avenida Pico Interstate 5 bridge and have recently completed the steel piles for foundation of the bridge extension, according to an Orange County Transportation Authority press release.

Work is being focused on building bridge adjustments to support the deck.

The release stated that beginning in early March, crews will transport materials and equipment from the abutment near the southbound Avenida Pico on-ramp to the work area near the southbound Avenida Pico off-ramp to construct the second abutment.

“This activity will take place at night for approximately one week, and will require full nighttime closures of Avenida Pico at the I-5 bridge,” the release stated.

For the remainder of the week, crews be working overnight work on the southbound I-5 freeway near the Stonehill Drive and Camino Capistrano on-ramp. The work will require a full closure of the on-ramp and lane closures on the freeway and Camino Capistrano.

Sound walls are still being constructed along the northbound I-5 freeway between Avenida Pico and the Pacific Coast Highway and Camino Las Ramblas ramps.

Signs have been installed informing motorists that the speed limit between Pacific Coast Highway and Avenida Pico has been reduced to 55 mph from 65 mph. This has been implemented to “improve safety during construction of the I-5 South County Improvements Project,” the release stated. “The 55 mph speed limit will be in effect through project completion of construction and is being enforced by the California Highway Patrol.”

Dates and times of closures along the I-5 through San Clemente can be found on the OCTA Google Map at www.octa.net. Click under Projects and Programs and find the I-5 South County Improvements and then click Detours

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