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    CAMINO DE ESTRELLA ON-RAMP WEEKEND CLOSURE

    Beginning Friday, May 13, crews are scheduled to close the Camino de Estrella on-ramp to southbound I-5 in order to complete paving activities necessary to proceed to the next stage of construction. This extended closure will allow crews to demolish portions of the existing pavement on the ramp and immediately repave it. The reconfigured ramp will accommodate the new lanes being added on the I-5 freeway. See below for additional details for the closure. Please be advised, dates and times are subject to change due to weather conditions and unforeseen operational factors.

    Speed Limit Reduced to 55 mph
    To improve safety during construction of the I-5 South County Improvements Project, Caltrans has temporarily reduced the speed limit to 55 mph in the construction zone. The 55 mph speed limit is in effect on I-5 from San Juan Creek Road in San Juan Capistrano to Avenida Palizada in San Clemente.

    Speed Limit Reduced

    Please note: The speed limit through the construction area – between San Juan Creek Road in San Juan Capistrano and Avenida Palizada in San Clemente – has been reduced to 55 mph. Remember these Federal Highway Administration tips while driving in construction zones:

    Stay Alert and Minimize Distractions
    Dedicate your full attention to the roadway. Avoid changing the radio station, using a mobile phone, eating, or other distractions that can remove your concentration from the road

    Pay Attention to the Road
    Watch brake lights on vehicles ahead; watch traffic around you and be prepared to react.

    Don't Tailgate
    Follow other vehicles at a safe distance; obey the Posted Speed Limit

    Expect the Unexpected
    Other vehicles may slow, stop, or change lanes unexpectedly

    CAMINO DE ESTRELLA ON-RAMP WEEKEND CLOSURES

    Beginning Friday, May 6, crews are scheduled to perform back-to-back weekend closures of the Camino de Estrella on-ramps to the northbound and southbound I-5 in order to complete paving activities necessary to proceed to the next stage of construction.

    These extended closures will allow crews to demolish portions of the existing pavement on the ramps and immediately repave them. The reconfigured ramps will accommodate the new lanes being added on the I-5 freeway.

    See below for additional details for each ramp closure. Please be advised, dates and times are subject to change due to weather conditions and unforeseen operational factors.

    Camino de Estrella Northbound Straight On-Ramp
    WHAT: Weekend Closure of the Camino de Estrella Northbound I-5 On-Ramp
    WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, to 5 a.m. Monday, May 9

    DETOUR:

    • From Camino de Estrella, take the on-ramp to southbound I-5
    • Continue on southbound I-5, exit Avenida Vista Hermosa
    • Turn left on Avenida Vista Hermosa
    • Turn right to access the loop on-ramp to northbound I-5

    Camino de Estrella Southbound I-5 On-Ramp
    WHAT: Weekend Closure of the Camino de Estrella Southbound I-5 On-Ramp
    WHEN: Noon Friday, May 13, to 5 a.m. Monday, May 16

    DETOUR I:

    • From Camino de Estrella, turn right to access the northbound I-5 on-ramp
    • Continue on northbound I-5, exit PCH / Camino Las Ramblas (keep right at the fork)
    • Turn left on PCH / Camino Las Ramblas
    • Turn right on the southbound loop on-ramp to access I-5

    DETOUR II:

    • From westbound Camino de Estrella proceed over the freeway
    • Make a U-turn at the southbound ramp intersection
    • Continue back over the freeway and turn right on the northbound loop on-ramp to access I-5
    • Continue on northbound I-5, exit Camino Las Ramblas (keep right at the fork on the ramp)
    • Turn left on PCH / Camino Las Ramblas
    • Turn right on the southbound loop on-ramp to access I-5

    Closures and Detours

    Closures are plotted on a Google Map and include specific closure times as well as recommended detours. Closures are updated in real time and can be viewed using the map below or by visiting www.octa.net/5southCountyDetourmap. This interactive map is easily accessible on your smart phone, or you can bookmark the page on your computer. It allows you to see local detour routes that may be convenient for your commute.

    Disclaimer: Please be advised, the schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen operational factors or inclement weather.

    Overview

    CAMINO DE ESTRELLA ON-RAMP WEEKEND CLOSURE

    Beginning Friday, May 13, crews are scheduled to close the Camino de Estrella on-ramp to southbound I-5 in order to complete paving activities necessary to proceed to the next stage of construction. This extended closure will allow crews to demolish portions of the existing pavement on the ramp and immediately repave it. The reconfigured ramp will accommodate the new lanes being added on the I-5 freeway. See below for additional details for the closure. Please be advised, dates and times are subject to change due to weather conditions and unforeseen operational factors.

    Speed Limit Reduced to 55 mph
    To improve safety during construction of the I-5 South County Improvements Project, Caltrans has temporarily reduced the speed limit to 55 mph in the construction zone. The 55 mph speed limit is in effect on I-5 from San Juan Creek Road in San Juan Capistrano to Avenida Palizada in San Clemente.

    Speed Limit Reduced

    Please note: The speed limit through the construction area – between San Juan Creek Road in San Juan Capistrano and Avenida Palizada in San Clemente – has been reduced to 55 mph. Remember these Federal Highway Administration tips while driving in construction zones:

    Stay Alert and Minimize Distractions
    Dedicate your full attention to the roadway. Avoid changing the radio station, using a mobile phone, eating, or other distractions that can remove your concentration from the road

    Pay Attention to the Road
    Watch brake lights on vehicles ahead; watch traffic around you and be prepared to react.

    Don't Tailgate
    Follow other vehicles at a safe distance; obey the Posted Speed Limit

    Expect the Unexpected
    Other vehicles may slow, stop, or change lanes unexpectedly

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    Detours

    CAMINO DE ESTRELLA ON-RAMP WEEKEND CLOSURES

    Beginning Friday, May 6, crews are scheduled to perform back-to-back weekend closures of the Camino de Estrella on-ramps to the northbound and southbound I-5 in order to complete paving activities necessary to proceed to the next stage of construction.

    These extended closures will allow crews to demolish portions of the existing pavement on the ramps and immediately repave them. The reconfigured ramps will accommodate the new lanes being added on the I-5 freeway.

    See below for additional details for each ramp closure. Please be advised, dates and times are subject to change due to weather conditions and unforeseen operational factors.

    Camino de Estrella Northbound Straight On-Ramp
    WHAT: Weekend Closure of the Camino de Estrella Northbound I-5 On-Ramp
    WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, to 5 a.m. Monday, May 9

    DETOUR:

    • From Camino de Estrella, take the on-ramp to southbound I-5
    • Continue on southbound I-5, exit Avenida Vista Hermosa
    • Turn left on Avenida Vista Hermosa
    • Turn right to access the loop on-ramp to northbound I-5

    Camino de Estrella Southbound I-5 On-Ramp
    WHAT: Weekend Closure of the Camino de Estrella Southbound I-5 On-Ramp
    WHEN: Noon Friday, May 13, to 5 a.m. Monday, May 16

    DETOUR I:

    • From Camino de Estrella, turn right to access the northbound I-5 on-ramp
    • Continue on northbound I-5, exit PCH / Camino Las Ramblas (keep right at the fork)
    • Turn left on PCH / Camino Las Ramblas
    • Turn right on the southbound loop on-ramp to access I-5

    DETOUR II:

    • From westbound Camino de Estrella proceed over the freeway
    • Make a U-turn at the southbound ramp intersection
    • Continue back over the freeway and turn right on the northbound loop on-ramp to access I-5
    • Continue on northbound I-5, exit Camino Las Ramblas (keep right at the fork on the ramp)
    • Turn left on PCH / Camino Las Ramblas
    • Turn right on the southbound loop on-ramp to access I-5

    Closures and Detours

    Closures are plotted on a Google Map and include specific closure times as well as recommended detours. Closures are updated in real time and can be viewed using the map below or by visiting www.octa.net/5southCountyDetourmap. This interactive map is easily accessible on your smart phone, or you can bookmark the page on your computer. It allows you to see local detour routes that may be convenient for your commute.

    Disclaimer: Please be advised, the schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen operational factors or inclement weather.

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  • Overview

    This 5.7-mile project extends from Avenida Pico in San Clemente to San Juan Creek Road in San Juan Capistrano. The four-year, $230 million project will:

    • Add a carpool lane in both directions on I-5 from Avenida Pico to San Juan Creek Road;
    • Improve the sight distance on the southbound curve north of PCH;
    • Reconstruct the interchange at Avenida Pico, including widening the northbound Avenida Pico on-ramp to three lanes, and providing dual left-turn lanes to both on-ramps; and
    • Add sound walls where needed.

     

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  • Avenida Pico Interchange Improvements

    Purchase on Pico

    We are committed to assisting local businesses during the reconstruction of the I-5 / Avenida Pico Interchange in San Clemente. Businesses are invited to participate in our “Purchase on Pico” Program, free of charge.

    Funding

    This $230 million project is funded in part by Measure M2, Orange County's half-cent sales transportation tax. In addition, OCTA is funding the work with a combination of Measure M2 local sales tax and state and federal funding.

    Construction

    The project is being constructed in three segments: Avenida Pico to Avenida Vista Hermosa; Avenida Vista Hermosa to Pacific Coast Highway; and Pacific Coast Highway to San Juan Creek Road.

    Flatiron Construction began work on the first segment, focused on the Avenida Pico Interchange, in February 2015. Work on the second segment, also being done by Flatiron, started in September 2014 and includes construction of retaining walls and sound walls, as well as on- and off-ramp improvements. Shimmick Construction has the third segment, centered primarily on the PCH / I-5 interchange, where work began in February 2014.

    Schedule

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  • Text Message Alerts

    Sign up today to receive text message alerts from the I-5 South County Improvement Project! Text SOUTHOC5INFO to 67076 to begin receiving weekly text message alerts with important closure and detour information. Your safety is our number one priority – please do not text and drive!

    For additional information or questions, email southoc5info@octa.net or call (800)724-0353


    Rates and Fees
    Standard text messaging fees and rates will apply per your current contract with your wireless carrier.


    Messaging Frequency
    OCTA will send weekly text message alerts to opted-in subscribers containing closure and detour information for the I-5 South County Improvement Project. Special alerts will also be sent to inform subscribers of emergency and long-term closures.


    Opting Out
    o opt out, simply reply STOP to any I-5 South County Improvement Project text message alert.


    Privacy
    OCTA will use your phone number solely for I-5 South County Improvement Project text message alerts. Your information will not be sold or used for any other purpose.

     

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