By The San Clemente Times

Interstate 5 at Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano will undergo full nighttime closures in both directions on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7.

For both nights, closures of northbound and southbound I-5 lanes will be in effect from 11:59 p.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning. A slight detour will direct both lanes of freeway traffic off at the Ortega Highway exit, through the intersection and back onto I-5 at a sequential Ortega Highway on-ramp.

The closures are necessary for Caltrans construction crews to complete grading work on the Ortega Highway bridge, as part of the $86.2 million I-5/Ortega Highway interchange project.

Also on Friday, both westbound and eastbound Ortega Highway will be closed between Rancho Viejo Road and Del Obispo Street, from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. Saturday.

For the full schedule of nightly closures and planned detours, or for more information on the project, visit the Caltrans District 12 information office website at

To view a map of the closures, see below. Click your browser’s refresh button if the map doesn’t load properly:

View I-5 / Ortega Highway Interchange Improvement Project Weekly Construction Alert – Sunday, November 3 – Saturday, November 9 in a larger map

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