SCSQUARED halfBy Alison Shea

The northbound Interstate 5 off-ramp to Camino Las Ramblas will close continuously for nine days from 10 p.m. Friday, July 17 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 27, according to an Orange County Transportation Authority press release. During the closure, crews will be working to move the off-ramp east of its current location to accommodate an additional lane on the I-5 freeway. Demolition of the existing ramp and paving for the newly aligned ramp will also be done during this period. During the nine-day closure, the northbound I-5 off-ramp to Pacific Coast Highway/Beach Cities will be closed along with the off-ramp to Camino Las Ramblas, but will not be closed during the day in order to serve as a detour for those needing access to Camino Las Ramblas.

The suggested daytime detour is to exit the PCH/Beach Cities/Camino Las Ramblas and keep left at the fork (PCH/Beach Cities). Continue on PCH and exit at Doheny Park Road.

Turn left on Doheny Park Road and access the PCH loop onramp on the right. Finally, continue on PCH to Camino Las Ramblas.

Also this week, crews will be working in the daytime to construct shoring for a new retaining wall along the northbound I-5 off-ramp to Camino De Estrella. Once shoring is complete, foundation construction will take place, which OCTA officials warn may be loud and disruptive to nearby businesses and residents.

For nighttime closure times and detour information for both ramps, visit www.octa.net/I-5Pico. Specific closure times as well as recommended detours are plotted on Google maps and updated in real time and can be accessed by visiting www.octa.net/5southCountyDetourmap.

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